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World Cup Pub Opening Times Won't Be Extended For England's Opening Match

02/02/2014 15:48 GMT | Updated 03/02/2014 08:59 GMT

Want to watch England's World Cup opener in the pub?

Tough. The government has refused to extend pub licensing hours to accommodate the game.

England's first game is against Italy on the 14 June and kick off is at 23:00 GMT - kicking out time in most establishments.

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The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) had applied for the extension but it was rejected by the Home Office as they said it was not a "one-off" like an event such as the Queen's Jubilee.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds possibly summed up the mood of most of the country when he told BBC Radio 5 live: "The Home Office wrote back to us and said 'we don't consider this of national importance'.

"They've really missed something here and they should reconsider."

Individual pubs can still apply for a licence.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker, said: "It is our normal practice to only extend licensing hours under the Licensing Act 2003 in exceptional circumstances, usually for one-off events such as the Golden Jubilee rather than prolonged periods.

"Premises which wish to open longer during this time can do so by applying for a Temporary Event Notice extension.

"This gives local authorities and police an opportunity to feed into the decision making process, allowing them to allocate resources if necessary."

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