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The World Cup final will NOT be shown on a big screen in Cambridge

A prospect of a big screen showing the World Cup final in Cambridge has been ruled out by the city council.

Football fans had already been informed that there would also be no screening of England's semi-final match against Croatia tonight at 7pm (July 11).

The England team has had the nation in raptures with its successes at the 2018 tournament being held in Russia.

The Three Lions' win over Sweden in the quarter-final sparked jubilant scenes in Cambridge.

This lead to calls for a public screening of England's first World Cup semi-final in almost 30 years to be held on Parker's Piece.

A World Cup big screen showing of an England game on Parker's Piece in 2006 (Image: Keith Heppell)

But a screening of the semi-final was quickly ruled out, and now the final has been given the same fate.

The decision sparked fury among some fans online who said the council were being "kiljoys."

In a statement, Cambridge City Council today said: "Over the last few days the council looked into the possibility of screening the World Cup Final were England to reach it, but has concluded that it unfortunately cannot go ahead due to the severe difficulties involved in safely arranging an event on this scale at such short notice."

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The council's main annual community event, the Big Weekend, is due to be held from Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15 on Parker's piece.

Its statement added: "The council sends its best wishes to the England team ahead of tonight's match and hope to see a victorious team progress to Sunday's final against France. #itscominghome."

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