Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Spurs expect Everton game to be on

White Hart Lane
White Hart Lane

Tottenham's game against Everton this weekend is still scheduled to go ahead despite a third night of rioting breaking out in London, the club confirmed on Monday.

Violent protests have blighted the capital for the last three days after locals began rioting following the fatal shooting of Tottenham resident Mark Duggan. Tottenham High Road, the place where the initial violence erupted on Saturday night, is located less than a mile from White Hart Lane home and one of the club's ticket offices was broken in to and vandalised.

A statement on Spurs' website read: "Following the disturbances in Tottenham over the weekend, the club has been in ongoing discussions with the necessary authorities regarding this coming weekend's Premier League fixture against Everton. We can advise fans that at this stage the game is going ahead."

The statement continued: "Fans are advised to please check the website for further updates and in particular travel details as we shall look to advise fans on best available travel options."

On Sunday the violence spread to nearby Enfield and rioting and looting have been reported on Monday evening in Hackney, also close to White Hart Lane. Police are expected to monitor the situation over the next 48 hours and report back to Tottenham on whether they think Saturday's match against David Moyes' team should go ahead.

Spurs have cancelled tours of White Hart Lane and the club's megastore has been closed on safety grounds and any decision to call off the game on security grounds will have to be sanctioned by the Premier League.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy spoke of his dismay at the damage caused to the ticket office and the rest of the area by the rioters, who are expected to continue their protests throughout the week despite appeals for calm.

Levy said: "As a major employer and business in the area, the club is deeply saddened by recent events. We are concerned about the disruption to local people's lives and the effect on the community as a whole.

"The situation has also meant that vandals have unfortunately been able to use the events as an opportunity to loot and destroy property and business premises. This is the second time this has happened in our area in recent times (the last incident being the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985).

"Our hope is that calm and order is restored as soon as possible and that we can now look to rebuild the area and the spirit of the community."

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