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World Cup big screenings scrapped
Crowd in Clayton Square
Police, some with batons, broke up the disorder
Live football matches will no longer be shown on the BBC big screens in Liverpool and London after trouble flared during England's first match.

About 50,000 people gathered at nine of the screens around the UK to watch England play Paraguay on Saturday, but violence erupted and arrests were made.

At Canary Wharf in London, 16 people were injured when fighting broke out in a 6,000-strong crowd.

In Liverpool there were two arrests as fans threw bottles and cans.

We will only show World Cup matches when those responsible for public safety agree that we should
BBC statement
Stores surrounding Liverpool's Clayton Square screen locked their doors as police attempted to restore order.

The screens are operated by the BBC in partnership with local councils and the police.

The ban on both screens will last for the duration of the World Cup.

A BBC statement said: "We entirely respect the decision of the Canary Wharf Management Company and Liverpool City Council/Merseyside Police.

"We will only show World Cup matches when those responsible for public safety agree that we should.

Crowd in Clayton Square
Live tennis will still be shown on the Clayton Square screen
"This decision will clearly be a disappointment to many people but the activities of a tiny minority has jeopardised the enjoyment of many."

Live tennis from Wimbledon, live performances from the Royal Opera House and the Queen's birthday celebrations would still be shown on both of the screens.

A Liverpool City Council spokesman said: "After a meeting between officers from Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council and the BBC, it has been agreed that no more live football matches will be screened on the Big Screen in Clayton Square, Liverpool, for the duration of the World Cup.

"The joint decision was made after considering advice from the police.

"It follows a public disorder incident after England's opening group game against Paraguay on Saturday, 10 June, in which two people were arrested."

Merseyside Police give their reaction to the decision

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