Norwich City set to play as planned

Norwich City's large travelling support was last night reassured by the Premier League recent nationwide civil unrest should not affect their opening day trip to Wigan.

Paul Lambert's men are set to be backed by 4,500 fans at the DW Stadium for the club's top flight return but a series of midweek games, including England's international friendly against Holland at Wembley, were postponed due to widespread rioting.

Bristol Rovers' scheduled Carling Cup tie against Watford last night became the latest domestic fixture to be called off on police advice.

A joint statement released by the Premier League and Football League confirmed the prospects for London-based matches this weekend will be reviewed today, adding: 'With the information currently available to us there is no reason to think any matches outside of London will be affected.'

QPR owner Bernie Ecclestone believes cancelling top flight fixtures would send a 'terrible message' to the rest of the world. Rangers' home game against Bolton this weekend is one of three Premier League matches scheduled to take place in the capital with Fulham due to host Aston Villa and Everton visiting Tottenham.


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'I tell you what, it gives a terrible message to the rest of the world,' he said.

'The Premier League is watched all over the world and wherever I travel and turn on television I see Manchester United playing someone.

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'It is important and it is watched worldwide so it gives a very bad message about England and we're about to have the Olympic Games so it is not a good message to give.'

Football League chairman Greg Clarke warned games could be postponed if police resources are needed elsewhere after disorder spread from London to Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and the Midlands over recent days.

'The police have to make these calls,' he told Sky Sports. 'If they feel they have more important things to do than send officers to football grounds, we will support that decision. 'We have to support the police and government in making the streets safe.'

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