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Harry wants Spurs game to go ahead

11/08/2011 |   Comments () :  Add your Comments
Harry Redknapp said yesterday that he wants Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League opener against Everton on Saturday to go ahead, as the league makes its decision today as to whether police resources containing the rioting across the country can cover matches as well. The Premier League has set a deadline of tonight to make a call on whether games can go ahead, with its member clubs taking their leads from their respective police forces. Redknapp said that he wanted Spurs to play their 3pm kick-off against Everton at White Hart Lane, less than a mile away from where the riots began on Sunday night and the scenes of some of the worst damage in London.

Redknapp told The Independent: "Hopefully it will be OK. It is different if all the games are off but there is nothing worse than being left behind at the start of the season. We don't want a situation where everyone else has started and we are sat there with no points. A lot depends on what happens [overnight]. Then we have to make a decision. If it all quietens down, hopefully things can get back to normal.

"It is very difficult. The police are being used all over the place at the moment. It just depends on how it goes from here. [Last night] is the crucial one. Hopefully it will all settle down. Watching the pictures, some of it has been unbelievable."

Some police forces have advised clubs that afternoon kick-offs are less likely to suffer from postponement because disturbances over the last five days have taken place at night.

Original Source: The Independent

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