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‘Killjoy’ London Mayor Sadiq Khan criticised for lack of English fan zones to cheer on Three Lions in European Championship semi-final against Netherlands

‘Killjoy’ London Mayor Sadiq Khan criticised for lack of English fan zones to cheer on Three Lions in European Championship semi-final against Netherlands
‘Killjoy’ London Mayor Sadiq Khan criticised for lack of English fan zones to cheer on Three Lions in European Championship semi-final against Netherlands



During the last European Football Championship, supporters cheered the Three Lions to the final at two fan parks in central London.

But London Mayor Sadiq Khan was yesterday branded a “spoilsport” for failing to provide a fan zone – or even a big screen – for tomorrow’s Euro 2024 semi-final between England and the Netherlands.

Sir Iain Duncan Smith, Tory MP for Chingford and Woodford Green, said the Labour mayor “should be more generous”, adding: “Other towns have big screens for events like this which bring the community together. The mayor is a spoilsport.”

Fan Callum Ryan agreed – he flew to Germany last month to watch the Three Lions at a fan park in Berlin for a grand total of £32.95. Yet watching a match at the Boxpark events space in Shoreditch, east London, costs just a few pence less: £32.21.

The 23-year-old from Milton Keynes said: ‘(Fan zones) don’t cost a lot of money and they bring people together. I watched part of Euro 2020 in one of those zones in London and it was a much better experience than in the pub.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan was yesterday branded a “spoiler” for failing to provide a fan zone or even a big screen for England’s Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands.
Sir Iain Duncan Smith, Conservative MP for Chingford and Woodford Green, called the mayor a “spoilsport”.
Football fans react to England’s first goal as they watch the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark in a fan zone in Trafalgar Square

‘One of the reasons I went to Berlin was because the public fan zones were cheap.’

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The most recent European Championship, which was postponed a year until 2021 due to Covid-19, was held across Europe, with the final held at Wembley.

The match, which Italy won on penalties against England, was marred by violence when 2,000 fans without tickets stormed the stadium.

But London had a fan zone in Trafalgar Square and a ‘football village’ near Tower Bridge, where matches were broadcast.

A spokesman for the Mayor of London said: ‘Official fan zones will only be created if London hosts the tournament. The Greater London Authority is investigating the possibility of a screening of the final.’

A report from VoucherCodes.co.uk has revealed that 26 million British football fans could boost the UK economy by £491.4 million during the semi-finals.