It’s a historic two-game day for Britain as Wales play Iran and England play USA. Wales are favorites to beat Iran, leading to Welsh fans flocking to the pubs for breakfast. Soccer-mad workers have been throwing “sicks” so they can watch World Cup games, which also coincide with many paydays, according to employers.
Many are taking all day off with four key games today, making some employers nervous and seeking legal advice.
Clough & Willis Solicitors’ Chris Macwilliam said there had been a spike in calls following England’s 6-2 win over Iran on Monday.
A YouGov poll found 11 million workers could take a day off during the World Cup in Qatar.
Labor lawyers have warned fans they could be fired if they’re caught wasting their jobs.
Not only the employees are free. Train strikes have resulted in a lucky man being given five days off by his employer and writing on England Football Fans’ Facebook page that he will use the extra time off to watch the games.
The forthcoming strike action by the ASLEF union is expected to affect Saturday 26th November journeys on many routes including Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Heathrow Express, LNER, London North Western Railway, Northern, Southeastern, Stansted Express, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Railway.
Meanwhile in Qatar, Welsh fans at the stadium are eager to see the drama on the field.
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William Steeds, 50, from Aberystwyth, said: “We are so excited. We desperately need a win and I’m getting very nervous. The lads did us proud in the last game and I’m sure they won’t let us down. “
James Watson, 48, added: “We’re the favorites to beat Iran but that’s not good for us because we like to be the underdogs. I’m very excited and nervous but we’ll sing our hearts out for the boys.”
Steeds said: “By the time I get home it will cost me £5,000, which is a lot of money for two weeks. But this is a historic World Cup for us, so we had to be here.
Mr Watson added: “It’s one of the most expensive countries in the world but if we do well at this World Cup then it was worth it.
“This is one of the most exciting chapters in Welsh football history so we had to live it.”
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