Thugs close Wetherspoon pub

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Talks are being held between the police and JD Wetherspoon after the company's biggest venue in Scotland was forced to shut when football hooligans...

Talks are being held between the police and JD Wetherspoon after the company's biggest venue in Scotland was forced to shut when football hooligans went on the rampage following a Celtic and Rangers match. A member of the door staff was injured when up to 40 troublemakers started throwing furniture around and fighting at the flagship Lloyds No. 1 in the centre of Glasgow. Fans were returning to the city centre from Hampden following the Old Firm CIS cup final, a week last Sunday. Police officers helped door staff eject the crowd, and two people were arrested during the incident. Wetherspoon's spokesman Eddie Gershon said the police did not blame the company for the incident, and discussions were continuing on how to avoid outbreaks of violence in the future. He said: "The police asked us to close the pub for the evening, which we did. We are working with the police and have taken on more door staff. This is a very busy pub and we are certainly not aware of it being used by football hooligans." A spokesman for Strathclyde police said the pub was no worse than other city-centre premises in terms of police attendance. He added: "A visit to licensed premises form will be filled out and considered by the next licensing board meeting.

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