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Don't check England's World Cup quarter final score, Church tells wedding guests

Thu 05 Jul 2018
By Alex Williams

People attending weddings on Saturday afternoon are being warned by the Church of England against checking the score in England's World Cup quarter final clash while ceremonies are taking place.

Guests have been urged by Church leaders to be "fully on-side with the happy couple" by switching their phones off before the service starts, however conflicted they may feel about missing England's game against Sweden.

Rev Sandra Millar, the Church's head of life events, told The Telegraph: "For those attending a wedding service at 3pm, I'd strongly encourage you to make sure you are fully on-side with the happy couple and switch off your mobile phone in advance.


Millions of people are expected to watch England take on Sweden in the third quarter final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Kick-off at the Samara Stadium is at 3pm UK time - a popular time for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Rev Millar added: "For those getting married on Saturday, like England fans, you might experience a few nerves - but you can be sure that it will also be the best day of your life, with memories to cherish. Who knows, come 6pm, that may be something you share with the rest of the nation too."

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Saturday's match will mark the first time England has reached the last-eight of a World Cup since Germany hosted the tournament in 2006. England last reached the semi-finals in 1990 when Italy hosted the tournament.

More than 24-million people watched manager Gareth Southgate's side beat Colombia in penalties in the last-16 stage of the competition on Tuesday.

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