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King start short lived

Posted on 15 November 2000  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Ledley King’s attempts to kick-start his season were lost in the fog on Tuesday night.

After a handful of reserve games our versatile defender or midfielder won a place in England Under-21’s starting line-up for the friendly against Italy.

But King’s first senior appearance of the season following an injury sustained on international duty back in May last only 11 minutes — when a near-impenetrable fog blanket brought the clash to a shuddering halt.

Chaos reigned as thick, enveloping tides of fog rolled across the pitch making seeing 20-yards virtually impossible.

The conditions gave officials no option but to abandon the game before it had barely got under way.

As the teams emerged from their Stadio Brianteo dressing rooms, it was soon apparent that any play would be short-lived.

For some of the handful of England fans that made the trip, the only indication the sides were on the pitch came as the national anthems were played.

Italy had the best of the brief exchanges, and should have snatched an early lead, when Owen Hargreaves let in Italian striker Emiliano Bonazzoli, but advancing Nicky Weaver forced the shot to eschew across the goal.

As the conditions deteriorated further, it was clear there could only be one winner, and the teams once more disappeared from sight — this time for good.

Disappointed boss Howard Wilkinson said: "I could only see 20-yards into the pitch at parts of the time, plenty of times not even that.

"The referee was in a very difficult position; you’ve got to think about the players. There was talk of having a 15 minute break, but no-one seemed able to guarantee that if we started it wouldn’t happen again.

"At the end of the day he’s decided to call it off. How long’s a piece of string? How long can we keep the players hanging around?

"We come out, the same thing happens again and we go back in. We all know this part of Italy. It’s desperately disappointing, but I don’t think we can do anything about it to be honest."