England’s farewell to this year’s World Cup will not be shown on the big screen in Leeds’s Millennium Square, football fans were told today.
Thousands of supporters have flocked to Millennium Square during the tournament for screenings of games involving the Three Lions.
But Leeds City Council today confirmed there will be no screening in the square of England’s third place play-off against Belgium tomorrow afternoon.
The third place fixture is seen by many fans as a glorified exhibition match, with 60 per cent of respondents to a Radio Times poll this week calling for it to be scrapped.
A spokesman for the council said: “This decision was taken following a consideration of the resources that would need to be in place on Saturday to manage and facilitate a designated event-type screening similar to those undertaken on Millennium Square for previous England games at the World Cup.”
The spokesman said the screenings of England’s matches through the tournament had attracted a total of more than 20,000 fans.
He also confirmed that the Wimbledon women’s and men’s tennis finals would be shown live in Millennium Square over the weekend.