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Boris Johnson Rules Out Plans For Extra Bank Holiday Following Euro Defeat

by : Emily Brown on : 12 Jul 2021 14:10
Boris Johnson Rules Out Plans For Extra Bank Holiday Following Euro DefeatPA Images

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ruled out plans to have an extra bank holiday in the wake of the European championship final. 

Football fans were hopeful the PM would introduce a one-off bank holiday following the match, which took place at Wembley stadium last night, July 11, and saw the men’s squad take on Italy in their first-ever Euros final.

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Members of parliament were among those showing support for the bank holiday, with the idea gaining traction after a petition amassed more than 300,000 signatures.

England players applaud Italy (PA Images)PA Images

England ultimately lost the competition in a penalty shootout, though many fans were hopeful the bank holiday may still go ahead to celebrate the effort and give supporters a chance to deal with the sadness of the loss.

One Twitter user wrote: ‘I think Prime Minister, you should still give everyone another Bank Holiday to celebrate HOW FAR the England Squad went in the Euros – to reward them for giving us hope. Thank you.’

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Another commented: ‘Boris better still give us that bank holiday look how far [England] came in the euros! Made history today!!’

Unfortunately, however, it has been reported that Johnson has squashed any hopes of an extra day off work.

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Following the defeat, Johnson’s spokesperson explained Downing Street was looking to ‘identify a suitable way for the PM to thank the players and coaching staff for their efforts’, but that a bank holiday ‘isn’t something that’s being considered’.

The news comes after the prime minister condemned football fans for targeting some of the England squad with racist comments and posts online, writing that those responsible for the abuse should be ‘ashamed of themselves’.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

Topics: Sport, Boris Johnson, england, Euros, Football, Italy, no-article-matching