Wimbledon not moving if football does "come home"

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Two men's quarter-finals were still in progress on the main show courts as the Three Lions took on Croatia in their Moscow semi-final.

Ardent sporting fans all noticed one thing when they looked at their sporting calendars at the start of the summer: the World Cup Final clashes with the Wimbledon men's final.

Those who stuck around seemed to be more interested in following the action in Russian Federation on their electronic devices than watching the tennis match taking place in front of them.

Lewis said the tournament had learnt its lesson after showing the 1996 European Championship semi-final between England and Germany, which was decided on penalties, on the big screen.

However, Lewis said he would have no objection if numerous 15,000 fans inside Centre Court wanted to follow the football on their devices - as long as they did not disturb the players.

Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Club, yesterday said modern technology allowed spectators to watch both sports simultaneously without causing widespread disturbance. Wimbledon rules state that mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices "must be switched off in and around the courts in play".

"It's not unheard of for there to be a ripple of applause or a shout when something special happens in a football tournament, and I'm sure everybody will understand if it does".

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"I´m more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on", said the eight-time champion after seeing off France´s Adrian Mannarino in straight sets on Monday.

"We didn't have one single complaint of anybody here feeling that the football interfered with their enjoyment of Wimbledon".

England go up against talented opponents in Croatia who stand as thriving dark horses in a very competitive World Cup in Russian Federation.

Having said all of this, if England are 1-0 up at half-time, you can bet your life that if whoever is in charge of the big screen on Henman Hill doesn't change the channel, they'll be subject to a sustained verbal volley of a ferocity which John McEnroe could only dream of.

"Hopefully England will get through to the final and it will be one of the very special days at Wimbledon".

"They'll hear every point: 'Wow, love-15, 15-30'".

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