England has fixed a FIFA World Cup 2018 semi-finals date with Croatia for Wednesday, July 11. Back home, the nation will not go to work on the match day.
Media reports from England suggest all the programmes for Wednesday evening stand cancelled. The match starts at 7 pm local time. The streets will be deserted and there will be virtually no commercial activity on Wednesday evening in the UK. England has made it to the World Cup semi-finals after a long gap of 28 years.
England has progressed to the semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday. The celebrations for the team’s success continue uninterruptedly.
The life in the football-crazy England has come to a standstill every time the Three Lions have taken to the field from their knockout games. Wednesday is going to be nothing less.
PETITION FOR HOLIDAY
Meanwhile, more than 1,000 people have signed a petition to make July 16 a Bank Holiday to celebrate “Football Coming Home” if the team wins the final. Bookies Oddschecker have launched the effort on change.org and people all over the country are jumping on board.
The football fans have called on the UK Government to give workers a leave on the day after the World Cup final. The nation is betting on England to win.
The team has exceeded expectations in the ongoing FIFA World Cup finals in Russia. The petition, within a few hours, was signed by over 1,000 people and the numbers grew at a rapid pace.
WIN THAT COST $662 MN
The win over Columbia via penalty shootout in the round of 16 had cost the British economy an astronomical $662 million. As the English football fans rooted for their team, cheering and celebrating as the Three Lions edged past Columbia in the penalty shoot-out. Next morning, the Queen’s Country was in a hangover. Almost two million people did not turn out to their offices, amounting to a loss of ₹4,554 crore to the country’s exchequer.
As England won their first World Cup Finals Penalty Shoot-out against Colombia, people back home stayed up late watching and drinking to celebrate the victory.
But the England football teams and fans gain has been a big loss to the employers in the country. An estimated two million people called in sick the next day and did not report for their jobs. The reason being termed as heat wave by their met department was quickly countered by the fact that people were still hung over England’s victory over Columbia and the late night celebrations forced them to call in sick the next day.
As reported by Bright HR, a London based Human Resource firm sick leaves were at a staggering 300% the day after England came through against Tunisia, and this number notched up to 400% with the win over Columbia. Employees not being able to work due to hangover caused an approximate loss of ₹ 4,554 crores.