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Prime Minister steps in over pub row

ESPN staff
February 4, 2014
Cameron is eager for England fans to be able to watch World Cup games in pubs © PA Photos

David Cameron has overruled the Home Office and ordered a rethink to ensure that pubs can be open for England's World Cup fixture against Italy.

The Prime Minister stepped in after pubs were refused permission to extend opening hours for the opening clash on Saturday, June 14, which kicks off at 11pm BST and revealed the news on Twitter.

And speaking to Press Association Sport, a source added: "We will now consult with the pub industry, police and councils on the best way to make sure pubs can be open for the Italy game at 11pm.''

The Home Office had refused a request from the British Beer and Pub Association asking for an extension of licensing times across the country.

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