EXCLUSIVE: Games threat to football: London sides will have to play away

EXCLUSIVE: Games threat to football: London sides will have to play away

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21:38 GMT, 30 March 2012

The Metropolitan Police want football chiefs to ensure there will be no London fixtures during the Paralympics.

There is due to be a full Premier and Football League programme on September 1-2, a weekend that clashes with the international multi-sports event which follows the 2012 Olympics.

Clash: London Premier League teams including Chelsea and Tottenham will have to play away from the capital

Clash: London Premier League teams including Chelsea and Tottenham will have to play away from the capital

Every London club could face an away game that weekend, causing a major fixture and travel headache.

The Paralympics run from August 29 to September 9 and with police concentrating resources upon that event, they want the capital to be a football-free zone.

No home games: The Police do not want any London sides playing at home while the Paralympics are on

No home games: The Police do not want any London sides playing at home while the Paralympics are on

The same policing concerns mean London clubs are unlikely to be allowed to host pre-season friendlies during the Olympics, which run from July 27 to August 12.