What happened last time? During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, 68% of the same survey respondents said they?d taken time off to watch games, with 41% facing a disciplinary when they returned to work. Researchers even asked workers what lie they planned to tell their boss to get out of work on match days. Topping the list was ?going to a doctor?s appointment?, with one in three using it as their excuse. A fifth of respondents were planning to say they were ill, while 17% would fake a family emergency to get out of work. Commenting on the findings, Tom Rooney, a spokesperson for FootballTips.com, suggested employers would struggle to conquer World Cup fever at their workplace. ?The World Cup is of course a hugely important time for many of us living in the UK, even though England usually do terribly,? Rooney said. ?It is surprising how many people plan to take time off to watch the games, especially as over half of this time is likely to be unauthorised. If you do plan to pull a sickie instead of going to work, at least avoid posting anything on social media!? __________________________________________________________________________________
High street set for ?1.33bn World Cup 2018 spending windfall ? if England make it through group stages Two weeks ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Britain?s high street businesses have been promised a sales boost of up to ?1.33bn, as football fever drives fans into pubs, cafes and bars to watch England compete. __________________________________________________________________________________
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