England’s World Cup games - government relaxes licencing laws

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Football fans will be able to enjoy England’s World Cup matches in the pub after the government announced it will be relaxing licensing laws.

The move will allow pubs to stay open until 1am on the nights England are playing.

Chris Chew, manager of The Castle on Barnsley Road in Sandal, said: “We only show big sporting events like the World Cup so it’s good news obviously.

“People like going out to watch the football and we want our customers to have a good time.

“We just hope England do well in the tournament.”

Earlier this year the government asked for views on relaxing the licensing rules for the World Cup.

A government spokesman said: “The government believes that England playing in the World Cup is an occasion of exceptional national significance.

“Many people will wish to enjoy watching the matches in pubs and bars and experience the atmosphere of the occasion with fellow football fans, as demonstrated by the enthusiasm of the majority of those who responded to the consultation.”

England’s first game, against Italy, kicks off against at 11pm on Saturday, June 14. They then face Uruguay at 8pm on Thursday, June 19.

Their final group game, against Costa Rica, takes place at 5pm on Tuesday, June 24.