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Glastonbury Festival: No World Cup England football matches to be shown

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 24, 2014

England fans at Glastonbury watching a screening of a match from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

England fans at Glastonbury watching a screening of a match from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

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Few people are giving England's footballers much hope of getting out of their World Cup group, but if they do, there will be 180,000 people at the Glastonbury Festival unable to watch the next match.

Festival organisers have decided that if England do make the knock-out stages, the Round of 16 match they play will not be screened anywhere at the festival.

England's World Cup matches have been shown before at Glastonbury, but with the tournament in Brazil this year the time difference means that the potential knock out game will kick-off at 9pm on either the Saturday or the Sunday of the festival.

That means a clash with the headline acts on the Pyramid Stage, and festival organisers said they would not be able to accommodate showing the match.

"In previous years, we have endeavoured to show England's matches on big screens where possible," said a festival spokesman.

"However, with the potential England matches clashing with the headline sets at this year's festival, the decision has been made that – should England qualify from their group – their last-16 match will not be shown at Glastonbury 2014.

"As England's final group game takes place at 5pm UK time on the Tuesday before Glastonbury begins, it won't be known until then whether or not England will actually play a match during the festival.

"We'd also like to take this opportunity to wish Roy Hodgson's side all the best in Brazil. And we very much hope that we'll all be able to watch England playing a quarter-final match on July 4 or 5."

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