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Premier League kick-off decision tomorrow

By Steven Beacom

Football fans in Northern Ireland and all over the UK will hear tomorrow if the opening round of Premier League fixtures this weekend are to be postponed following another night of rioting across England.

After tonight’s international friendly at Wembley between England and Holland was cancelled along with several games in the Carling Cup last night, there are now genuine fears that the eagerly awaited top flight kick-off will be hit with postponements.

London remained relatively calm because of an increased police presence but problems in other cities such as Birmingham and Manchester have raised doubts over games going ahead.

The Premier League and Football League are due to meet tomorrow to make a decision.

Before trouble continued to spread to other cities last night both leagues had said they had no reason to believe any games outside of London would be affected.

A statement from the leagues said: “The Premier League and Football League are in ongoing discussions with London-based clubs, the Metropolitan Police and statutory authorities with regard to the staging of the coming weekend's fixtures in the capital.

“We are conscious of the need to keep fans informed of any developments and will, of course, keep them as up to date as possible through club, league and media channels.”

Hopes were raised, however, as the Third cricket Test between England and India got underway at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

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