England fans watching Denmark match warned they risk £1,000 fines for Euro 2024 clash

England fans will be tuning in to watch the Denmark game later today

England fans will be tuning in to watch the Denmark game later today

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Stuart Ballard

By Stuart Ballard


Published: 20/06/2024

- 12:09

Updated: 20/06/2024

- 13:06

England can book their spot in the Euro 2024 knockout stages with a win over Denmark.

Offices hoping to show England's Euro 2024 clash with Denmark today have been warned they face a possible four-figure fine.

While far from being a vintage performance from England in their opening game of the tournament, Gareth Southgate's side got the job done against Serbia in picking up all three points.


With Denmark and Slovenia drawing in the other game, England find themselves top of their group heading into the second round of fixtures.

A win over the Danes will see England book their spot in the knockout stage of Euro 2024 with a game to spare.

England fans will be tuning in to watch the Denmark game later today

England fans will be tuning in to watch the Denmark game later today

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But the kick-off time is far from friendly for a lot of workers in England hoping to get back home in time to watch it.

Kick-off is scheduled for 5pm, meaning many will still be stuck in the office as the game gets underway.

It's been common in previous major tournaments for offices to put on England games during work hours so that their employees don't miss the match.

However, some bosses may be forced to rethink plans to show the game live in their offices without the correct TV licence in place.

According to research from flexible office broker Office Freedom, shared office spaces are usually not covered by one TV licence.

Each business in the shared space is required to ensure they pay for their own TV licence.

If caught flouting the TV licence rules, businesses may be forced to fork out £1,000 in fines.

A spokesperson for Office Freedom shares: “With matches being played through afternoons and early evenings, we can imagine many businesses will be eager to allow staff to tune in to watch the action while they are at work.

England are top of their group heading into the Denmark match

England are top of their group heading into the Denmark match

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“But with so many now operating in shared office spaces - accommodating around a quarter of workers in the UK, according to survey research - it is important for companies to check if they have a valid TV licence in place.

"The onus is on individual companies operating in a co-working office to have a licence which covers the company, as existing TV licences in shared office spaces will only cover communal areas.

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England fans are expected to tune in up and down the country

England fans are expected to tune in up and down the country

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“For companies currently leasing a shared office space, we’d urge them to check their TV licence as we would hate for anyone to get caught out just for allowing staff to enjoy the festival of football ahead - and the Olympic Games that follow later this summer.”

A win over Denmark could even seal top spot in the group if Serbia and Slovenia's match ends in a draw.

That would be the perfect outcome for Gareth Southgate, who would then be able to give some of his key players a rest in their final group game.

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