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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 12:21 GMT 13:21 UK
Inter Milan call off England tour
25 July Leicester OFF
27 July Crystal Palace OFF
29 July Norwich OFF
31 July Portsmouth OFF
Inter Milan have cancelled their four game pre-season tour of England because of safety fears in the wake of the London bombings.

The Italian club were due to play Portsmouth, Leicester, Norwich and Crystal Palace in July.

"Football takes a step back because of increasing serious events which touch the sensitivity of everyone," said a statement on the Inter website.

"For this reason, and given the situation, we have decided to cancel."

I think that it is a very silly thing to do because it is playing the terrorists' game
London's mayor Ken Livingstone

The Serie A outfit added they did not want to "add to the activities of the emergency forces there, who are already very busy at this time".

However, Leicester City chief executive Tim Davis said the Foxes would be seeking substantial damages from Inter.

"We are extremely disappointed in the actions of Inter Milan," he said.

"We will be contacting the Football Association and Uefa and we shall also be seeking substantial damages from Inter.

"The club has already incurred substantial costs in preparing for the fixture and we had expected a crowd of up to 30,000 supporters - all of whom will be very upset by Inter's late withdrawal."

The club has already said it would refund fans who have bought tickets.

Norwich City's chief executive Neil Doncaster described Inter's decision as hugely disappointing and wrong.

He said that for Inter to refuse to travel simply because of the threat of terrorism was giving into the terrorists.

And London's mayor Ken Livingstone was also scathing: "I think that it is a very silly thing to do because it is playing the terrorists' game. They want to change the way we live.

"The terrorists, I am sure, will be celebrating their decision.

"The idea there might not be an attack back home in Milan, that they are more safe there than here, is a complete illusion. The truth is, as we have seen from the horrifying news from Egypt, nowhere in the world is safe."

Interview: Norwich chief Neil Doncaster

Interview: Leicester chief Tim Davis

Interview: Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan


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