Football fans beg for Monday to be a Bank Holiday and government is considering it

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A nationwide petition has gone viral online in the UK which has asked for a Bank Holiday on Monday, July 12 if England bring home their first ever European Championship cup.

Football fans have poured out in their thousands to beg the government for an official holiday which has already garnered more than 100,000 signatures online.

This comes after fans celebrated the unexpected win for the Three Lions on Wednesday under the supportive guidance of England manager Gareth Southgate after England beat Denmark 2 – 1.

The final match between England and Italy is set to take place on home turf at Wembley Stadium on Sunday at 8pm. which has seen a wave of pleas for the government to sanction a Bank Holiday if the boys succeed.

Fans all across the country, including pop singers Adele and Rochelle Humes, enjoyed a first major victory for the national team which hasn’t seen a nail-biting match like that since 1966.

And it was football captain Harry Kane, who is believed to earn £200,000 or more a week, who scored the winning goal which brought home the victory in the final minutes of the game.

Despite the fact that it is highly unlikely the government will grant a Bank Holiday on such short notice, there have been reports that the decision is being considered after Prime Minister Boris Johnson watched the match in his patriotic England kit.

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The petition created by Lee Jones has been published on the government’s official website and is open to the public to sign the national campaign.

The petition reads: “England may be playing a European Championship Final at 8pm on Sunday 11th July.

“It would be beneficial and sensible to give the country the day off the next day if England win, in the form of an extra Bank Holiday Monday.”

By law, the government has to respond to all petitions which achieve more than 10,000 signatures.

At 3.24pm the petition boasted more than 154,000 signatures, meaning that the petition will be considered for debate in Parliament this week.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "I don't want to pre-empt the outcome of Sunday's match. Clearly we want England to go all the way and win the final and then we will set out our plans in due course.

"We will hopefully, when England go on to win, then go on to set out our plans."

But this isn’t the first time football fans have called for an impromptu national holiday, as similar suggestions were made when England reached the World Cup semi-final in 2018.

The petition adds: “Sunday 8pm is a difficult time for families to plan to be together for the event – knowing we have an additional day off the next day would significantly help this.

“Furthermore, a historic win should be celebrated. It would be expected for the winning team to parade the trophy, and a Bank Holiday would be a perfect time to do this.

“Also, English people would naturally want to continue to enjoy the win, giving the retail and leisure industry a much-needed opportunity to make up lost revenues.”

It is to be expected, should England bring home the European trophy on Sunday, that fans will be waking up with a sore head full of national pride the following day.

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