Glastonbury announce Euro 16 games won’t be screened this year

The festival has shared the anti-sporting news via their website

The 2016 UEFA European Championship, kicking off in a week’s time (10 June), will not be screened at this year’s festival.

While the teams the majority of the audience might be rooting for (England and Wales) will be playing earlier in the week on Monday 20 June, football fans arriving on the Wednesday will be disappointed to miss out on games featuring the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Austria, and Portugal amongst others. The matches will pick up again on Saturday afternoon, with the winner of England and Wales’ group (B) playing at 2pm GMT.

A statement from the festival on their website explains why they won’t be screening the matches as they have done in previous years, stating: “With the kick-off times of the tournament potentially clashing with headline sets, the decision has been taken that no matches from the tournament will be shown at Glastonbury this year.” They also wish the teams luck: “We’d like to take this opportunity to wish the home nations all the best at Euro 2016, and we very much hope they will still be involved in the tournament once the Festival is over for another year.”

To get in the mood for the upcoming tournament, check out Super Furry Animals’ excellently insane Euro 16 song here, and if you’re set on getting involved with the matches while you’re at Glasto, we suggest you grab one of these.