Chelsea's John Terry 'saddened' by postponements

Chelsea captain John Terry has said he is "saddened" Premier League and international matches have been called off as a result of the recent riots.

England has seen four nights of trouble with Tottenham's match with Everton postponed as a result.

The decision follows Wednesday's cancellation of England's friendly against the Netherlands.

"[I'm] very saddened. When an England game or football game is called off, it's very sad," Terry told BBC Sport.

"But what we're seeing is devastating images of what's happening out there in the communities for families and businesses.

"All we urge for is calm on the streets and the safety of the public."

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill backed the decision to postpone his club's match with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

"First and foremost, the safety of people is the most important thing," Cahill told BBC Radio Merseyside. "Yes we love football, but we have to put it in perspective."

"Understandably for fans who have booked rail tickets or flights, it's hard for them not being able to get refunds.

"But sorting out the real problems and what affects the country should come first. Football is always there."

Spurs defender Michael Dawson expressed disappointment at the postponement but backed the decision.

"We worked six weeks to get fit, so it's disappointing, but the most important thing is the safety of people.

"It's been sad to see what we've seen and our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected."

QPR boss Neil Warnock, whose side will host Bolton at Loftus Road on Saturday in one of nine games that will go ahead, thinks the start of the Premier League season will help restore normality.

"To let a few mindless thugs destroy what we've done would be wrong. I read this morning that [QPR owner] Bernie Ecclestone said it would be totally wrong to put the games off and I'm right behind him.

"However I do realise that people's safety comes first and you have to listen to the police authorities.

"If anything, I think playing the Premier League will help the situation personally.

"It'll help get people back to normality. If you put it off, we'll be giving in to people who have shown just what they are in society."

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce added: "It's a problem which society has got and I'll echo what everybody else thinks who's seen this outrage," he said.

"It's sad and disappointing to see people on the rampage like that. I hope the Premier League can start and bring a bit of peace and normality to it, because you don't want to see these scenes we've witnessed."

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers said he was saddened to see the riots across England but insisted his side will not be distracted ahead of their clash with Manchester City on Monday night.

"It's obviously sad in relation to what's happening," said Rodgers. "It is sad that football is interrupted but we are preparing for the game.

"This is a bigger issue than football, it is sad that socially that's where we are at."

Speaking to BBC Sport, Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor added: "It's very sad because football and sport has got to be a cohesive force in society, and if we can get football matches on it will be a sign that calm is being restored."