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Double fault! Wimbledon men's singles final and World Cup final to clash on TV

PUBLISHED: 16:53 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:01 04 July 2018

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2018 WORLD CUP LIVE 
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Pictured: Gary Neville, Lee Dixon, Jacqui Oatley, Ian Wright, Mark Pugatch, Eniola Aluko, Glen Hoddle and Ryan Giggs 

ITV has unveiled its squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia along with its plans for covering the tournament - including a star-studded on-screen line-up of some of footballÕs biggest names ahead of kick-off on June 14.

Joining presenter Mark Pougatch on the plane to Moscow to lend their experience and expertise to ITVÕs tournament coverage will be Gary Neville and regular pundits Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon as well as England womenÕs striker Eniola Aluko, former French international Patrice Evra, Celtic and Sweden legend Henrik Larsson, Republic of Ireland manager Martin OÕNeill, former Croatia and West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, and Euro 2016 final referee Mark Clattenburg.
	
ITV is looking forward to bringing viewers a veritable borscht of football with all the action, drama, colour and atmosphere from across Russia.

From ITV Sport 2018 WORLD CUP LIVE Live on ITV Pictured: Gary Neville, Lee Dixon, Jacqui Oatley, Ian Wright, Mark Pugatch, Eniola Aluko, Glen Hoddle and Ryan Giggs ITV has unveiled its squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia along with its plans for covering the tournament - including a star-studded on-screen line-up of some of footballÕs biggest names ahead of kick-off on June 14. Joining presenter Mark Pougatch on the plane to Moscow to lend their experience and expertise to ITVÕs tournament coverage will be Gary Neville and regular pundits Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon as well as England womenÕs striker Eniola Aluko, former French international Patrice Evra, Celtic and Sweden legend Henrik Larsson, Republic of Ireland manager Martin OÕNeill, former Croatia and West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, and Euro 2016 final referee Mark Clattenburg. ITV is looking forward to bringing viewers a veritable borscht of football with all the action, drama, colour and atmosphere from across Russia.

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For the first time, the men's finals at Wimbledon clashes with the World Cup final - while Andy Murray has ruled himself out of the running, England still have a chance of making it all the way and most sports fans would be interested in watching both. Cue clash confusion.

Roger Federer on day One of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 2, 2018. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.Roger Federer on day One of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 2, 2018. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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The Wimbledon men’s singles finals is scheduled to take place on the same day, two hours apart: the Wimbledon men’s singles final will start on July 15 at 2pm, the World Cup final will kick off at 4pm but coverage is expected to begin hours beforehand.

And if that’s not bad enough, England’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden will clash with the middle Saturday at Wimbledon. Oh dear.

Bosses at the tennis tournament say they were surprised at Fifa’s decision to schedule the World Cup to clash with the men’s final and said they had no plans to screen the football anywhere in the grounds.

Mick Desmond, commercial and media director at the AELTC (the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club), said there were also no plans to change the Wimbledon timetable, and discussions had been held with Fifa.

“It’s slightly surprising Fifa had the idea of kick-off at four o’clock. It’s not something they’ve done in the past, but that’s the decision. You know, our tournament (final) always starts at two o’clock - we’ll start at two o’clock,” he said.

“There was dialogue (between Wimbledon and Fifa) and there was dialogue between the broadcasters. I think broadcasters who’ve got both sets of rights were concerned. At the end of the day, Fifa decided to do that.”

He said if England get to the final, “then it’s going to be a great sporting Sunday”.

A Fifa spokesman said: “We got the question a long time ago and we answered the question a long time ago. The kick-off times for the Fifa World Cup were set in co-operation with a range of stakeholders and taking into account a number of aspects such as the global broadcast market and feasibility for the fans - both in terms of attending the matches and reaching a wide TV audience.

“Following those discussions, it was decided on December 3 2015 that the 2018 Fifa World Cup final match will take place at 6pm (Moscow time). I understand now people are waking up [to the clash], but the decision was already made.”

The finals clash poses problems for fans of both sports, with the average length for a men’s Wimbledon final since 2002 coming in at two hours and 53 minutes. Based on this, football fans would miss the entire first half of the World Cup final.

The longest ever final is recorded as the match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in 2008, which lasted four hours and 48 minutes. There have only been two men’s finals that have lasted less than two hours - the gap between the the two start times.

The Wimbledon final and the World Cup final will both be broadcast on the BBC, and the football will also be on ITV. A spokeswoman for the BBC said a decision on the scheduling for the finals on July 15 had not yet been made.

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