England v Australia 2010 June 24, 2010

Old Trafford won't show football clash

Cricinfo staff

Lancashire officials have ruled out screening England's World Cup tie against Germany at Old Trafford on Sunday during the third one-day international between the hosts and Australia.

England's last-16 tie in Bloemfontein kicks off at 3pm which is right in the middle of the ODI. The match in Manchester is a sell-out with 22,500 set to fill Old Trafford, but a large number are now likely to leave the stadium in order to find somewhere to watch the football.

Officials from Lancashire, England and Australia held a meeting to discuss options for showing the football at the ground, but crowd-safety factors have meant it won't be possible. There was precedence for showing the game; in 2002 England's second-round World Cup match against Denmark was broadcast on big screens around the ground during the third Test against Sri Lanka with Alec Stewart trying to catch glimpses of the action as he scored a century. Also, in 2006, a number of England's World Cup matches clashed with NatWest series games and were shown on big screens.

"Following detailed discussions between the club and relevant local authorities, it will not be possible for the England v Germany World Cup match to be screened in public areas at Old Trafford on Sunday due to safety reasons," a statement said.

"Every option has been explored, including the installation of large screens, but due to a number of crowd-safety factors, in particular because of the 22,500 sell-out crowd, it is simply not possible for the football to be shown.

"However, if any cricket spectators do wish to leave the stadium, hopefully in order to see England's footballers progress to the World Cup quarter-finals, their tickets will allow them to be scanned out and back in again at Old Trafford to watch England's cricketers in action against Australia in the NatWest one-day International."

With England finishing second in their group and therefore playing on Sunday afternoon a host of counties have adjusted the start times to their domestic Friends Provident t20 matches so that crowds have the chance to watch both games, while a number of venues are showing the football on big screens before or after their t20 game.

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  • Michael on June 25, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    The whole idea that anyone would show a soccer match during a cricket match is absurd and deeply offensive, especially to thiose who go to watch cricket.

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    my my England have the opportunity to wrap up the one day series against Australia as well as to beat another old foe in Germany to progress to the quarter finals. I hope the cricketers don't get too distracted, wouldn't want Sunday to be one big disappointment now with both English teams failing to win

  • kenneth on June 24, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Well done the authorities! If you go to the cimema you don't expect to see Coronation Street showing in the corner. If you've paid for a day at the cricket and it sounds like 22,500 people have, then enjoy what you have paid for and enjoy the football highlights when you get home.

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    Ha ha this is sooooooo funny! In football they would not even think about showing an England cricket game at a football match! Cricket will always be second best to football no matter what the administrators do to try and promote it! Plus the attention of everybody is going to be on the football... This will be visible on screen! Probably something to do with Skysports as well because they feed the ECB with money! I'm not a cricket hater... I'm just stating the facts!

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    What does this mean, "safety factors"? It's like an incantation - sorry we'd love to help you but safety factors. Does it mean "we cannot be bothered", "we wish you'd just watch the cricket"?

  • Ryo on June 24, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    It's because of the Chavs and louts and Chav louts....

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