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UK – Workers will stay late to watch football this week, poll claims

11 June 2012

The Euro 2012 football championship kicked off at the end of last week and three in 10 workers will stay behind at least one night this week to watch or listen to the Games, a survey by the supermarket chain Asda found.  

Four in ten of those polled said that they would head to the pub to watch a match and the remainder would either not watch or would head home and watch highlights later.

The poll also found that up to 75% of British workplaces have TVs on site.

The first full week of the tournament sees key matches every night of this week, starting with England’s match against France which kicks off at 5pm (UK time) today.

While rush hour travellers without an interest in football should find it easier to get a seat on trains, services are likely to face a surge of “slomuters” after the match finishes.  

“The rush hour chase for a seat is likely to be in the office,” said Michael Arnott, Asda’s TV expert. “We’ve seen brisk trade in affordable TVs this week and anecdotally we’re hearing that many of these TVs are headed for offices.”

Other matches occupying the 5pm slot this week are Greece v. Czech Republic, Denmark v. Portugal, Italy v. Croatia and Ukraine v. France. English fans will, no doubt, be very keen to watch the Ukraine v. France game given that the two teams are in England’s qualifying group.

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