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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 June 2006, 09:32 GMT 10:32 UK
Violence as England game screened
Violent confrontations that left 16 people injured have marred a screening of England's winning opening World Cup game in London.

Several arrests were also made at a showing in Liverpool after what was described as a "mini riot" broke out.

As a result police cut the showing, on BBC big screens in Clayton Square, Liverpool and Canary Wharf.

Manchester council is reviewing its arrangements after five people were arrested at its BBC screen.

It is an absolute disgrace. This is the start of the World Cup - is this what we've got to look forward to?
John Rowland, shop worker

The BBC said it was the first time violence had broken out at its screens around England since they went into operation.

Six people were taken to hospital in London, but police in Liverpool said the disorder resulted in no injuries.

Police said 2,000 people had turned out to see the match in Clayton Square. Up to 6,000 attended the outdoor screening at Canary Wharf.

Fans began hurling bottles, cans and other missiles at the screen - also a BBC Big Screen - the crowd and officers during the second half of the match in Liverpool city centre.

Stores surrounding the screen locked their doors as police attempted to restore order.

Supt Andy Fisher, of Merseyside Police, said: "In the most part, it was good-natured, however a minority of people decided to spoil the event.

"This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated and individuals can expect to be arrested."

Shopworker John Rowland, said "everything just kicked off into a riot".

'Tiny fraction'

"It is an absolute disgrace. This is the start of the World Cup - is this what we've got to look forward to? People were terrified," he said.

A BBC spokesman said that more than 50,000 people watched the match on the screens around the country.

"All but a very tiny fraction of these had the most wonderful day and behaved impeccably," he said.

"Clearly we are disappointed that the actions of very small groups disrupted the enjoyment of large numbers of people."

He said a review of operations was under way, in consultation with city councils, police and other partners the BBC operates the screens with.

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