Gomes: Spurs stars are living in fear after riots
Published 23:01 10/08/11 By John Cross
Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has admitted the riots have left the club living in fear.
Tottenham’s home game with Everton on Saturday is under threat, as their White Hart Lane ground is one of the areas worst affected by London's recent rioting .
Brazilian Gomes says the sickening events have left his team-mates shell-shocked.
Police are expected to tell the Premier League and Football League on Thursday which matches can go ahead this weekend.
"There is fear in the squad," said Gomes. "We’ve spoken in the dressing room and the club have told us to stay home and avoid the streets.
“My home is about 20 minutes from the centre of the riots and that is a danger.
“This happens in Brazil, but we never believed it was possible in England.
“We are watching all day, following the situation. I have not seen the violence but I have been watching all the images on TV and in the papers.”
Wednesday night’s England v Holland friendly international and Bristol Rovers v Watford League Cup tie were both called off, but Gomes told a newspaper in his homeland: “I think the riots won’t affect the beginning of the Premier League. The England-Holland game was cancelled, but I’m hoping that the streets will be calm in the next few days.”
Meanwhile, Gomes' Spurs team-mate Roman Pavlyuchneko has banned his wife from coming back to Britain.
The striker’s missus Larisa, 29, and four-year-old daughter Kristina were with him for Russia’s friendly win over Serbia in Moscow on Wednesday.
Pavlyuchenko fears it is still not yet safe for his family to come back to the UK with him.
The 29-year-old forward said: “I know about the situation in London. With the atmosphere remaining hot, I don’t think we should all return as we planned.”
On Merseyside, where trouble has also broken out, rival managers Kenny Dalglish and David Moyes both appealed for calm.
"For everyone’s sake, let’s stop this now," said Liverpool boss Dalglish, "and pull together for the benefit of the whole community.”
Everton gaffer Moyes added: "There can be no justification for the shocking display of behaviour that has been witnessed throughout the city of Liverpool, and the rest of the country, over the past few days.”
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard said: “If there are people thinking of going out and causing problems, then please think again.”
Association of Chief Police Officers football chief Andy Holt said he could not promise all the weekend's games would go ahead.
“The police service wants to do all it can to ensure Britain returns to business as usual as soon as possible," said Holt.
“But we have to risk-assess matches on an individual basis and each club and each chief constable needs to go through that process to determine whether the games go ahead or are called off.”