Tottenham fear riots could affect Everton match

08 August 2011 08:10
Tottenham must wait to hear if the club's Premier League kick-off at home to Everton on Saturday will be postponed after riots in the area.

White Hart Lane is less than a mile from Tottenham Police Station, where around 300 people gathered from 5.30pm on Saturday to protest over the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan, 29.

The demonstration was trouble-free until around 8.20pm, when two police cars were attacked on High Road.

Chaos: Riots in Tottenham could threaten Spurs' match with Everton

Buildings and cars were then set alight, 48 people were arrested and eight police officers taken to hospital.

The Metropolitan Police are 'aware' further disorder is being planned on sites such as Twitter.

Tottenham cancelled stadium tours of White Hart Lane for Sunday and Monday 'due to safety reasons'.

And club chairman Daniel Levy issued a statement pledging help the local MP, David Lammy and council leaders with the rebuilding process.

Levy said: 'We have immediately offered further support to the community and are discussing how best to tangibly assist with the aftermath of these events with our local MP David Lammy and Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council.

Trouble: Riot police patrol the streets in Tottenham

'The Club is committed to supporting itscommunity with help with both the physical clean up of our area and thelonger term rebuilding of the community spirit.‬'

The Spurs Megastore was closed and the ticket office in Park Lane, to the south of the ground, will not open until Wednesday.

The club intend to operate a counter service from the matchday ticket windows in Paxton Road between 9.30am and 5pm on Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Peter Crouch has pleaded with Luka Modric to stay at Tottenham.

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Modric fancies a move to Chelsea, butdespite his willingness to leave Spurs fans gave the  25-year-old a hero's welcome when he came on as a substitute in the 2-1 friendly win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Reflecting on the reaction, Crouch said: 'I think he might have been a bit concerned but he got a great reception.

'It certainly makes it harder for Luka that the fans are right behind him. He knows the fans here love himand hopefully he stays. He's going off for international duty and we were saying, 'Make sure we see you on Thursday'.

'He is a top player. We love him at the club.'

Spurs fell behind to a Mikel San Josestrike, but second-half goals from Crouch and Jermain Defoe ensured victory.

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