Ghana/Nigeria Friendly Cancelled

The International friendly between Ghana and Nigeria has been cancelled due to riots in London which have spread to various cities of the English capital. The Black Stars of Ghana were scheduled to renew their rivalry with the Super Eagles of Nigeria in an international friendly to be played at Vicarage Road, Watford, London. A statement from the Metropolitan Police copied to indicated after consultations with the two countries the match has been cancelled due to what is happening in London. Rioting has spread across London on a third night of violence, with unrest flaring in other English cities. Below is the Press Release Ref:0699MD August 9, 2011 Nigeria v Ghana game cancelled The planned friendly between Nigeria and Ghana at Watford FC tonight (August 9) has been cancelled as a precaution due to potential demands on Hertfordshire Constabulary as a result of what is happening in London. The decision was not taken lightly and was done in full consultation with the club. We hope those fans who had been due to attend the game will understand the reasons why. Any fans who had been planning to travel are being asked not to come to Watford. In relation to tickets, please visit the Watford FC website where details will be announced in due course. Further information: We would like to reiterate our messages around rumours or comments circulating on social networking sites. Despite how well intentioned these messages are, they are not reflecting reality and should anything occur the main source of information would be the Constabulary’s official sites – these include our web pages, ( Facebook (search ‘Herts Police’) and Twitter (@HertsPolice ). Can we thank those members of the public who have supported our work in passing on our messages to friends and family – this is really appreciated and helps us reach so many more people. The Constabulary is closely monitoring the situation and has deployed a small number of specialist officers from our Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Civil Contingencies and Public Protection Unit to the Metropolitan Police Service. We have retained all our key operational resources that we use day to day. However the force is well prepared to respond should any instances of violence occur and deal with offenders firmly. The county has an impressive CCTV network in operation across every town which can monitor and help deploy resources if ever required. The community of Hertfordshire continue to work with the Constabulary at a variety of levels in monitoring the situation and join us in issuing a zero tolerance stance against criminal disorder. Anyone who feels concerned about their community should contact their local neighbourhood team which can found via our website or ring 101. For more information: please contact Sarah Spence, Senior Press and PR Officer on 01707 354039. Emma Cowie Corporate Communication Senior Press & PR Officer e-policing and digital media 01707 35 (4581)