Matches off as Wayne Rooney pleads for rampage to stop
Published 09/08/2011 | 07:42
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney pleaded for the trouble to stop as gangs of youths rampaged through the streets last night.
Rooney wrote on Twitter: "These riots are nuts why would people do this to there (sic) own country. Own city. This is embarrassing for our country. Stop please."
Peckham-raised Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand suggested the Army should be brought in to quell the disorder.
He wrote in three consecutive messages on Twitter: "The scenes on Sky news right now are shocking..what is this all in aid of?? Innocent peoples (sic) homes + livelihoods have gone up in smoke-why?
"It seems these kids/people have no fear or respect for the police....maybe the army will get that respect??
"And I am not saying bring violence, I am saying the presence of the army may make these kids/people think twice about continuing this??"
England’s international friendly with Holland at Wembley has been cancelled for tomorrow night and West Ham and Charlton have postponed tonight's Carling Cup clashes following a third night of violent riots in London.
The Hammers were set to host Aldershot at Upton Park later while Reading were scheduled to travel to Charlton, but the games have been cancelled on the request of police.
Scotland Yard today denied reports that it has asked for all major events in London to be postponed, saying that decisions were being made on a local level.
A Met spokesman said: "The MPS has not asked for all major events in London to be postponed.
"Any request for advice by event organisers is assessed locally and local decisions made."
Crystal Palace are also due to play at Selhurst Park tonight, but the clash with Crawley may also be affected as the stadium is close to Croydon - the scene of some of the worst disorder.
West Ham's game was the first to be cancelled yesterday, with the npower Championship side saying it was contacted by police yesterday evening.
A statement issued on the club's website said: "West Ham United have been asked by the police to postpone the Carling Cup first-round tie with Aldershot Town.
"The club were told that all major public events in London were to be rearranged because of the need to focus police resources elsewhere.
"Whilst neither the club or police anticipate any issues around the game itself, the club has to comply with the police request."
Charlton, whose Valley stadium is close to Lewisham where rioting also erupted last night, postponed their tie shortly after West Ham's announcement.
A statement on the south London club's website said: "Given the events in London, the police have taken the sensible decision and postponed the match at The Valley, with Greenwich Borough Police Commander Richard Wood advising the Addicks at 10.55pm on Monday that the match should be called off on safety grounds."
Charlton's chief executive Stephen Kavanagh said supporters' safety was the most important factor.