Wimbledon won't budge on FIFA World Cup football final clash

Novak Djokovic is hoping to see a full court for the men’s final but the lure of football may be too much to resist

Novak Djokovic is hoping to see a full court for the men’s final but the lure of football may be too much to resist

An ever bigger clash awaits if England reach their first final since winning the World Cup in 1966 because the men's Wimbledon final would likely overlap with the decider in Moscow.

The timing of the World Cup final on Sunday afternoon is causing consternation around the country as various sports, both professional and amateur, contemplate whether to reschedule their events.

Spectators at the event will now be able to watch England take on Croatia in the semi-finals Wednesday, a game that takes place during evening matches at Wimbledon.

France booked a placed in the final on Tuesday after pipping Belgium 1-0 in the semi-final clash.

The rules of entry to the grounds of SW19 state that devices "must be switched off in and around the courts of play", but this appears to have been relaxed for this year only.

"For many years now we've had people using iPhones, or phones, mobile phones, tablets".

"Our attitude is that if people aren't affecting other people's enjoyment of the tennis, if they have it on silent or are listening on an earphone, then that is fine", Richard Lewis, the club's chief executive, told The Guardian.

The current Wimbledon edition will stay in the history due to the coinciding of the men's singles final, that will start on Sunday at 2:00 PM, with the World Cup final, that takes place at 4:00 PM UK time.

"Saturday [when England played in the quarter final] was a fantastic day at the championships".

Asked yesterday if he had concerns about noise from the Centre Court crowd, Federer light-heartedly replied: "I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on".

But Wimbledon organizers are keeping a stiff upper lip, refusing to show any football on the tournament's big screen, in an attempt to reign in any ungentlemanly behavior.

"I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored".

"They'll hear every point: 'Wow, love-15, 15-30'. We had superb tennis going on and we were benefiting from modern technology where people were able to follow the football, enjoy it, without disturbing other people", said Lewis.

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