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Town pubs urged to close after game

PUBLISHED: 13:40 07 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:04 03 March 2010

POLICE were urging town centre pubs to close after today's Argentina match in a bid to stop rampaging fans.

The warning comes after rowdy supporters left a trail of devastation in their wake after England's one all draw on Sunday.

POLICE were urging town centre pubs to close after today's Argentina match in a bid to stop rampaging fans.

The warning comes after rowdy supporters left a trail of devastation in their wake after England's one-all draw on Sunday.

Increased numbers of officers will patrol potential hot spots including Cornhill.

Licensing Officer Bob Coleman, said: "There was trouble on Sunday so we are issuing recommendations to publicans for today's match.

"It's always a good idea to have a break in what may be an all day drinking spree."

PJ McGinty's landlord, Michael Collins, said: "By closing from three until five or six gives people a chance to go home and shower before they go out again in the evenings."

The problem for police is that if one or two pubs close then fans will carry on drinking at other venues.

Mr Coleman said: "We are also recommending large objects are removed from pubs such as ashtrays and that pubs increase the number of staff. We always plan for the worst and hope for the best."

On Sunday disappointed fans, fuelled by pubs open at 10am, roamed the town centre.

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