Tottenham Hotspur’s Heurelho Gomes has spoken of his fear in the face of the ongoing London riots.
Gomes took part in Tottenham’s 2-1 friendly win over Athletic Bilbao at White Hart Lane the same day as violence first flared up in the capital.
“It’s hard to believe some of the things we’re are seeing on television after those first incidents near the stadium following the game with Bilbao.”
In an interview with Brazil newspaper O Globo the goalkeeper spoke about how the riots were affecting him.
“In my neighbourhood of Chigwell we have had no incidents yet but all the people are very scared something might happen. The club has told all the players to stay at home in the evenings because nobody knows where the next incidents will be.”
Gomes also revealed details of conversations he had been having with other Brazilian players based in London.
“The other day I spoke about the riots with Chelsea players David Luis and Alex. I’ve also had Sandro on the phone from Brazil asking about the situation. We all said that these episodes of violence could be expected to happen in Brazil but not in England.”
Despite the chaos Gomes is confident the opening weekend of the Premier League will go ahead as plan.
“The British prime minister has returned from his holiday and put police reinforcements on the streets. Of course it’s worrying where you hear how widespread the riots have become but I still think police will be able to provide the necessary security.”
During Gomes’ interview with Brazilian journalist Gabriel Fricke the goalkeeper also took time to discuss the possible move of Luka Modric away from Spurs.
“I understand Luka wants another shot at the Champions League and that every player has his price. Daniel Levy is doing everything to keep Luka here and I hope it works. Luka is a great professional and a phenomenal guy who I have respect for on and off the pitch.”
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