Punters who have bought tickets for the festival plead with organisers to change their anti-football stance...
Would-be GLASTONBURY revellers have started an online petition to try and force organisers to screen the World Cup final, which falls on the Sunday of the event (June 30).
Organisers have said there will be no showing of the game, though if England reach the final there is a chance of a rethink.
“The plan is that it’s about entertainment and culture and it’s not, basically, about football,” a spokesperson said.
The petition, [url=] here , currently numbers over 900, all of whom are incensed that the match will not be screened. Simon Wilkins is one of the many signatories who has threatened a mass walkout if the game isn’t shown.
“If the World Cup Final is not shown live, then myself and over 100,000 people will be either leaving the festival before Sunday or not bloody turning up at all,” he warned.
John Patterson agrees. “I agree with lots of other people here – what happens if 10,000 people try to leave the site at the same time? And why shouldn’t we be allowed to like music AND football??”
The debate has also moved into Parliament. Bob Russell MP, Liberal Democrat Football Spokesman, joined the campaign and called on the organisers to show the game.
“Glastonbury should be a festival of two halves,” he told BBC. “Provision should be made for those festival goers who would like to watch the world cup final, especially as England have a very good chance of appearing.”
Glastonbury spokesman Crispin Aubrey appears unmoved by the pleas and believes that festivalgoers will find ways of watching the game regardless.
“There may well be people setting up their own televisions, so there could be small groups of people watching,” he said.