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White hart pain: Spurs game called off

THE riots in London this week have forced the postponement of Tottenham's Premier League opener at home to Everton.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said the game at White Hart Lane would not be played but was “positive” that the other nine fixtures in the opening round of games would go ahead. He said: “The situation is that Tottenham and Everton has gone.

“It's been a crime scene all week and the council have not had enough time to do what they need. “The other nine fixtures are looking positive, subject to any more trouble.” Spurs defender Michael Dawson admitted his disappointment at his delayed start to the season. “Of course is it is (disappointing),” he said. “We've worked for six weeks to get fit and now the first week's not going to be happening.

“But safety is the main thing, and the police wouldn't have called it off lightly.”