Publicans in Glasgow are among dozens who have submitted objections to the Fan Zone at Glasgow Green for the Euro 2021 football tournament.

The event which is scheduled to run every day of the tournament, which lasts a month, sold out as soon as tickets, which are free, became available.

It will see 6000 people a day in the fan zone each day over two sessions, in the afternoon and evening.

Many in the licensed trade are angry that a Government and council approved venue is taking thousands of potential customers away from them every day for a month after they have been closed for so long.

The plans for the fan zone has attracted 53 objections but all were sent in outside the seven day public consultation period.

Many residents in the areas surrounding Glasogw Green are also angry that areas of the park will be closed off to them and that so many peple will be allowed to come into the area when Glasgow has been in tougher lockdown restrictions for so long.

The window for objections to the granting of a temporary liquor licence for the event was between May 14 and May 20.

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It will now be at the discretion of councillors on the Licensing Board whether they allow the objections to be heard before they make a decision whether to grant the license.

An official objection has been sent by the Strathclyde Branch of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association on the grounds of public health.

Billy Gold, chair of the branch and owner of the Heilan Jessie pub in Gallowgate, lodged the objection on the grounds it would compromise public health objectives.

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It states: “I do not believe it would be possible to hold an event of this size, with the level of staff required to provide the mandatory table service to 3,000 customers or to provide the level of stewarding to supervise ,entry and exit to the venue, supervision of toilet queues/usage, and to maintain distancing, preventing shouting or singing as well as ensuring the venue operates under all level 2 covid protocols as all other venues are required to do.

A spokesman for Glasgow Licensing Board said: “Objections have been received in relation to this application, but they were received after the statutory consultation period had concluded.

“It will be for the board to determine whether those objections can be included in the submissions that members must consider before reaching a decision. All licensing decisions are based on the merits of each individual case.”