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Success for Sadiq as campaign for public World Cup screening pays off

Football fans will head to Hyde Park for the biggest public screening of a football match in 22 years.

That’s because the park will be hosting England’s World Cup semi-final tie against Croatia.

As many as 30,000 tickets for the event will be available through a ballot system open from 4pm until midnight on Monday.

It was only nearly a week ago the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched a campaign with the government to help him stage public screenings across the capital if England make the last two rounds of the World Cup.

London Mayor Khan said he was “thrilled” at the prospect of the screening, adding: “World Cup fever has gripped London and the rest of the nation and we have all been swept away by the fantastic exploits of Gareth Southgate’s team.

“Wednesday evening is a huge opportunity for our boys to do what many of us thought was impossible before the World Cup began and reach the Final.”

He added: “I am sure Londoners of all ages and backgrounds will come together in their thousands at Hyde Park to cheer England on what could be an historic night. We want this to be a family-friendly occasion and a chance for England fans young and old to show the positive spirit of football to the country and the world.

“This team has a chance to write themselves into football folklore and London and the entire country will be cheering them on as loud as we can on Wednesday night.”

Matt Hancock, secretary of state for sport, said: “Gareth Southgate and his amazing team have brought people together this summer.

“I’m thrilled people will be able to come from far and wide to watch the game.”

After some anti-social behaviour following England’s successful quarter finals on Saturday – including an ambulance being damaged in Borough – Mr Khan urged the event to be “family-friendly”.

The festival said in a statement: “Up to 30,000 tickets will be available for the screening and all tickets are FREE. The tickets will be allocated to fans via our official ticket ballot and registration for the ballot will start at 4pm today (Monday 9th July) and will run until midnight tonight.”

Fans were warned not to attend the park if they have not registered, as there will be no admissions without tickets.

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