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Tottenham vs. Crystal Palace Won't Be Postponed Due to Mark Duggan Vigil

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18:  Roberto Soldado of Tottenham Hotspur is tackled by Mile Jedinak of Crystal Palace during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on Augsut 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2014

The Premier League fixture between Tottenham and Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane Saturday will be played as scheduled, despite concerns about a vigil for Mark Duggan that will also take place in the area.

Tottenham stated there were no plans to abandon the match amid speculation to the contrary:

With the vigil set for 2 p.m. GMT and the match slated to kick off at 3 p.m., there will obviously be a lot of activity in the area. The Telegraph reports local police have also given the go-ahead to play the match:

Paul Jiggins of The Sun (subscription required) notes the vigil was put together by Duggan supporters after an inquiry into his 2011 death resulted in a jury deciding the killing by police was lawful:

His death sparked the London riots in 2011 and a jury yesterday concluded he was killed lawfully by police.

The verdict was met with an angry response at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Duggan's family is hoping for a calm vigil. The London Evening Standard reports Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe met with Reverend Nims Obunge, who brought a message of peace from the family:

The message from the family is that this vigil is intended to be a very peaceful vigil. We expect that anybody who would come would stand with the family. It is a vigil in remembrance and respecting the life and death of Mark Duggan. His children will be there, and we don't expect anybody to come to where Mark Duggan's children are to create unrest or anarchy.

The most important thing is the safety of those taking part in the vigil and those attending the Premier League match. As long as there's no unrest, both events should be able to take place without any problems for anybody involved.

The police are clearly confident, at least as of now, that there won't be able major issues since they are giving clearance for the match to get played. It's a stance that could always change if the situation changes as kickoff approaches.

All told, barring another announcement with a change of plans, Tottenham and Crystal Palace will go forward with the match.

 

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