SPORT TALK: Why the riots affect all sports fans

London's burning: Riots in the capital have messed with our sporting schedule. Photo by Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
London's burning: Riots in the capital have messed with our sporting schedule. Photo by Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
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WHAT a shame that the mindless minority put one of the biggest weekend’s of the British sporting calendar under threat.

As we went to press (on Wednesday), the fate of the opening weekend of the English Premier League football season was in the balance because of the reprehensible riots taking place across the country (Tottenham v Everton has since been called off).

England’s international fixture with Holland was called off due to security fears, while four Carling Cup ties in London and Bristol bit the dust too.

At this stage, it looks pretty certain that any sporting fixtures scheduled to be held in London this weekend will follow suit – and rightly so.

The unforgivable chaos, caused by the degenerate dregs of a generation that believe this country owes them a living, has left the average person in London (and a few other major cities) scared to go about their everyday life.

Sport is the perfect escape for a large percentage of the working population, with many of us ditching the office to follow a team up and down the country – be it live or on television.

But the uneducated thugs that have seen fit to smash up their own home have, for now at least, taken that luxury away.

What must the sporting world think of the scenes in London? In less than a year we’re supposed to be hosting the Olympic Games.

I’m not for one second suggesting that we’re not capable of hosting the event, but if this is London 2011 – what could London 2012 look like?

•AT least the riots won’t affect the start of the new United Counties League football season, which will definitely return this weekend.

There’s a buzz surrounding Spalding United and Holbeach United as they begin their respective campaigns at Northampton Spencer and Kempston Rovers. I’ll boldly predict that both will get off to winning starts and I expect them to be in the top five come the end of the season.

Whether either can dislodge odds-on favourites King’s Lynn Town is another matter, but I know their summer signing sprees have got a few of the Lynn faithful looking over their shoulders.

Any fans unable to travel to the games on Saturday can follow me @LFPSport on Twitter. I’ll give you live updates from Deeping v Thrapston and scoreflashes from across the division.