ORGANISERS of a football fan zone at Weymouth Quayside said the actions of a 'small minority' have led to the cancellation of future events until social distancing restrictions are lifted.

England fans flocked to Custom House Quay to watch England beat Croatia on a huge screen outside Rendezvous in their opening game of Euro 2020.

The game was watched on a 10ft x 8ft outdoor screen.

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The event was spearheaded by Keith Treggiden, general manager of Rendezvous, who said last week he was ‘very excited’ to see the return of the big screen and that he ‘couldn't wait to welcome people back’.

However, Keith has now made the decision to cancel future events due to a lack of social distancing on Sunday afternoon after reports fans were seen embracing each other and stood with their arms around each other after Raheem Sterling's winning goal.

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A spokesman from the event organisers, said: "The safety of our teams and customers is paramount therefore in light of the actions of a small minority during the outside screening of England versus Croatia, we have decided to cancel all future outside events until the Government has lifted all social distancing restrictions.

"Future games still can be enjoyed inside our venue, safely seated, with table-side hospitality."

Dorset Council had given permission for a maximum of 250 fans to gather in the same space to ensure social distancing.

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But have now said future planned events have been cancelled due to the event organisers failing to abide by assurances made before Sunday's game.

A spokeswoman from Dorset Council, said: "It's disappointing that the football screening event on Custom House Quay did not run in accordance with the assurances made to us by the event organiser.

"There was a lack of social distancing at the event, despite safety and security measures put in place by the organisers to make sure Covid guidelines were followed.

"This obviously raises concerns for Dorset Council.

"The organiser recognises that the event didn’t proceed as intended and because compliance with Covid secure requirements cannot be guaranteed, they have taken the decision to cancel future planned Euros events."

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