A BUMPER day of sport including an all-England Champions League final will see Brits sink 100million pints across one of the year’s hottest weekends.
Super Saturday includes the Tottenham Hotspur versus Liverpool clash in Madrid and Anthony Joshua boxing in New York, as well as the Cricket World Cup, the Epsom Derby, the Premiership rugby final and an England women football friendly.
Louis Wood – The Sun
Spurs fans have already started boozing in Madrid[/caption]
Forecasters predict temperatures will hit 28C (82F) today and continue into tomorrow — also luring non-sports fans out to pub gardens and their own for barbecues.
Tesco alone expects to sell around eight million sausages, four million beers and ciders and three million bottles of wine. Sainsbury’s and Waitrose also expect a sales bonanza.
And Domino’s will deliver 1.7million pizzas — 40 a second — up 50 per cent on most Saturdays.
Natalie Bastow, from Tesco, said: “Britain will be in a party mood this weekend and we’re expecting shoppers to make the most of it.”
The sports action today starts at 10.30am with New Zealand versus Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup at the Cardiff Wales Stadium. Afghanistan versus Australia follows from the Bristol County Ground from 1.30pm.
Brits are expected to drink a lot of booze and eat over one million pizzas this weekendThe Champions League final kicks off at 8pm and Joshua’s title bout with Andy Ruiz Jr is not expected to start until around 3am on Sunday UK time.
The jump in booze and food sales is set to bring a £250million boost to the UK economy.
And Madrid is also bracing itself for a British beer-sinking bonanza as 150,000 descend on the Spanish capital for the Champions League final.
Yesterday was expected to be the busiest day ever for UK airspace as fans try to get there. Air traffic control provider Nats expects 600 extra charter and private jet on top of the usual 8,000-plus flights on a normal May day.
Many Spurs and Liverpool supporters are already in Madrid — with beers and friendly banter flowing by 9am yesterday.
Dave McClintock, from Toxteth, Liverpool, belted out Gerry and the Pacemakers hits at a bar in Puerta del Sol. He said: “It’s the biggest match of the season and I’m raising a glass to Jurgen Klopp’s boys.”
£7k tickets… I’ve been ad!
THE opera singer from TV’s Go Compare ads lost a small fortune on phoney tickets for tonight’s Champions League final.
Spurs fan Wynne Evans, 47, spent £7,000 for two tickets through an online agency — but then discovered the pair did not exist.
He had to shell out thousands for two more tickets to the match in Madrid for himself and son Taliesin, 14.
Wynne, a BBC Radio Wales presenter, said: “It looks like they sold the tickets to me then resold them when they realised they could get a lot more.
“Heaven knows how many other fans they’ve mugged off.”
Wynne, of Carmarthen, West Wales, has also spent thousands on flights and a hotel stay in the Spanish capital.
But he said: “It will all be worth it if we win. This is the biggest game of all time — there’s nothing to compare it.”
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Next door, Spurs fan Andy Booth, of Enfield, North London, retaliated with renditions of Chas & Dave songs, as one waiter said: “Tottenham music on the left, Liverpool on the right.”
Fortunately, there was no sign of trouble. Only around 34,000 fans have match tickets, despite police warnings not to travel without them. Touts are selling £50 tickets for more than £10,000.
Ticketless Spurs supporter Andy Childs told The Sun: “Just being here is the next best thing.” Liverpool fan John Stokes added: “I wouldn’t miss this for the world.”
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Sadio Mané left Liverpool Friday morning ahead of the Champions League final[/caption]
Rowdy football fans are filling the streets in Madrid[/caption]
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England women will take on New Zealand at Brighton’s Amex Stadium[/caption]
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The Derby at Epsom racecourse runs at 4.30pm[/caption]
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Anthony Joshua’s title bout with Andy Ruiz Jr will air at 3am[/caption]
The Sun Says
STRAP yourself in for the best day of sport in a long time.
Two games in the Cricket World Cup.
The world’s greatest flat race, the Epsom Derby.
The Rugby Premiership Final, with two of the best domestic sides in history.
Anthony Joshua in a New York heavyweight title fight.
Oh, and that little game in Madrid.
Enjoy. We certainly will.
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