Riots raise fears for London 2012 security

  • 8-11-2011

Given the disturbing scenes we are seeing across London and the rest of the country, the impact on sport is of relatively minor importance.

But there is no question the pictures of the capital burning, which are being beamed around the world, will seriously damage Britain's and London's image with a year to go until the Olympics.

And the rioting raises yet more serious questions about the Metropolitan Police's capacity to secure the Games next summer.

The Football Association's decision to cancel tomorrow night's friendly against the Netherlands at Wembley is a sign of how major sports events can get caught up in the wider issue of dealing with serious public disorder.

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