This week’s riots have affected football fixtures in Britain
The Premier League will decide on Thursday if this weekend’s opening round of matches are to be postponed after another night of rioting.
Riots have taken place around the country since Saturday, stretching police resources.
A joint statement from the Premier League and Football League read: “We’re in talks with our London clubs, the police and authorities.
“A further statement will be made after the situation is reviewed on Thursday.”
There are three Premier League fixtures taking place in London on Saturday, all at 1500 BST: Tottenham v Everton, Fulham v Aston Villa and QPR v Bolton.
Tuesday’s statement added that “there is no reason to think any matches outside of London will be affected”, but it was released before trouble also flared up in the West Midlands and Manchester.
West Bromwich host Manchester United on Sunday at 1600 BST before Manchester City play at home to Swansea on Monday at 2000 BST.
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David Bond assesses the impact on the sporting schedule
Lower league games could also be affected, with Football League chairman Greg Clarke insisting: “The police have to make these calls.
“If they feel they have more important things to do than send officers to football grounds, we will support that decision.
“Our priority is to make sure the police are out there dealing with unrest on the streets. We want to keep our games going ahead but that is a secondary priority.”
The chairman is confident the riots will not present a significant threat to the fixture list but added: “We will make those decisions as and when and will have conversations with the police on a case-by-case basis.
“If there is civil disobedience in an area and there are football matches scheduled in that area, we will review the situation minute-by-minute with the police.
“I wouldn’t over-emphasise the number of games we could potentially lose. I don’t want to talk up the sense of hysteria.
“Our priorities have to be ensuring safety on our streets and when that is ensured – in the short term, as I’m sure it will be – football will carry on.”
Several football fixtures have already been affected by the riots. England’s international friendly against the Netherlands on Wednesday was called off, as was Ghana’s friendly with Nigeria at Watford’s Vicarage Road, which was due to take place on Tuesday.
Wednesday’s Carling Cup tie between Bristol Rovers and Watford was also postponed at the request of the police, following the cancellation of Tuesday’s ties at Charlton, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Bristol City.
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