Wimbledon not moving men's final

Fans celebrate in Bristol as England scored its second goal against Sweden on Saturday

Fans celebrate in Bristol as England scored its second goal against Sweden on Saturday Credit Matt Cardy Getty Images Europe

According to respondents, with the two finals coinciding with one another, only 8 per cent of those watching the tennis state they are prepared to stick with the coverage should the match run over into the start of the World Cup final.

Wimbledon chiefs insisted again Monday that the men´s final will start at its traditional time despite clashing with a potential England World Cup triumph but will have no objection if the Centre Court crowd want to take sneak peeks of the action from Moscow on their phones.

Those who stuck around seemed to be more interested in following the action in Russian Federation on their electronic devices than watching the tennis match taking place in front of them.

Lewis said he had not asked Fifa, football's world governing body, at any stage to consider moving the World Cup final to a different time.

Wimbledon officials are refusing to show any games from the World Cup on the All England Club's big screen, Reuters report, despite clashes between the championship's matches and England's games in Russian Federation.

However, Lewis said he would have no objection if numerous 15,000 fans inside Centre Court wanted to follow the football on their devices - as long as they did not disturb the players.

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The rules of entry to the grounds of SW19 had previously stated that devices "must be switched off in and around the courts of play", although the rules appear to have been relaxed with England on the verge of reaching a historic final.

But All England Lawn Tennis Club chief Richard Lewis told the BBC: "We have said for a couple of years that the final will be played at 2pm, as it is every year".

'It is not unheard of for there to be a ripple of applause or a shout when something special happens in a football tournament, ' he said.

Last Saturday, fans deserted Centre Court immediately after Rafael Nadal booked his place in the second week of the championships as England were playing Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals.

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

Wimbledon's big screen hasn't shown any England games since Euro 1996.

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