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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 June 2006, 06:35 GMT 07:35 UK
Wimbledon will not screen England
By Ian Westbrook

Fans watch Andy Murray on Henman Hill
Only tennis will be shown to Henman Hill occupiers on Saturday
Wimbledon officials have said they will not be showing live coverage of England's World Cup quarter-final with Portugal on Henman Hill on Saturday.

England's game kicks off at 1600 BST but tennis fans who hope to watch both sports at the All England Club will be left disappointed.

"People are here to watch the tennis so we won't be having any football on," a Wimbledon spokesperson told BBC Sport.

"We have not shown any matches and it could be distracting to the players."

With a big football tournament clashing with Wimbledon every two years, tournament officials are maintaining a consistent policy of sticking to their own sport.

"We have not shown any football on the big screens for 10 years," the spokesperson added.

England World Cup match shown at the Rose Bowl
Two sports overlap for England cricket fans at Hampshire

"The last time was Euro 96 and that was only because the new Court Number One was not built at the time and therefore the giant screen was away from play, but obviously now there is a court there.

"All the screens in the public areas will be showing tennis although people in private corporate hospitality areas have their own screens."

Andy Murray could be playing Andy Roddick in the third round on Saturday if both men come through their second-round ties and officials say the scheduling of their meeting will not be influenced by the time of England's match.

"The tournament referee will schedule the matches as he sees fit," said the spokesperson.

The World Cup final and the Wimbledon men's singles final are both on 9 July this year but football's biggest match will still not be shown at SW19 - even if England are playing.

By contrast other big sporting events have been quite happy to move their schedule around to accommodate live transmission of England's games this summer.

The start time of qualifying at the British Grand Prix was brought forward so fans at Silverstone could watch their opening match against Paraguay straight afterwards.

And Hampshire moved the start time of England's Twenty20 match with Sri Lanka to 1915 BST - after the footballers were due to have finished playing Trinidad & Tobago.

And to attract fans to come early, they showed the World Cup game on the Rose Bowl's big screens.

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