For some football supporters, watching key matches is more important than almost anything – even, it seems, their own wedding day.
While many will find this hard to empathise with, one woman has been called “the most understanding bride-to-be of all time” after agreeing to screen a football match at her upcoming nuptials.
Bride-to-be Simonie’s wedding to her fiancé James falls this Saturday, which coincides with the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur football clubs.
As the wedding approaches, Simonie has agreed for James, a Liverpool supporter, to play the 8pm match on a large screen in the wedding marquee.
“I was upset at first,” she told presenters Adil Ray and Ranvir Singh, who are today standing in for regular ‘Good Morning Britain’ presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.
We might have met the most understanding bride-to-be of all time!— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) May 31, 2019
Simonie has agreed to have a big screen put up on her wedding day so her Liverpool fan husband and guests can watch the #ChampionsLeagueFinal. 😅 pic.twitter.com/Bvn19vjY1n
“I was quite calm but it’s like my brain just went no Simonie, you’re a woman, you need to overreact, and then my brain just went completely insane,” she added.
Asked how it would work, Simonie’s future husband James explained: “We’ve got the disco which will be at one side of the marquee, then the other side we’ll have the screen, then hopefully when Liverpool scores everyone will just go a bit mad.”
There are mixed reactions on social media, with some making jokes about the pre-wedding hurdle.
Will the dress be red and white?— Christopher (@Golding314159) May 31, 2019
Only after she stabs him 😱😱😱🤣😂😋— I MacHunt 🇮🇪🍀😉🐛☘️👋🌊 (@I_MacHunt) May 31, 2019
Several viewers were outraged at the idea of putting on the football on such an important day.
Bad move 🙄— Kvs (@Kvs1955) May 31, 2019
Why is she still marrying him clearly thinks more about football than his future wife.— Colin Welch (@ColinWelch81) May 31, 2019
Dont marry him you life will be hell full of frickiing football— Tina w (@TinaWeb14810165) May 31, 2019
However, others were in favour of the compromise, arguing it set a good foundation for their marriage together.
Beautiful couple, she gorgeous......seems like they marriage is off to a perfect start...trust & compromising 😬😮— Dean Nicholson (@DeanoNicholson) May 31, 2019
its his day to its not all about the women— whatsup2244 (@whatsup2244) May 31, 2019
It's a day for both husband and wife. She gets to be a princess and get all the attention. He gets 90mins of a rare final. What's so hard to understand.— Dusty Nebula (@stevend73496753) May 31, 2019
Later in the thread, the groom himself weighed in to give his two cents on the issue, stressing he didn’t “force” his bride to put it on.
Love all these comments!— James Starkey (@JamesSt61307469) May 31, 2019
Yes I'm punching.
No I didn't force her to put the game on.
The wedding comes first. Always.
She's is crazy understanding.
We make a perfect team.
^ These are truths
Thanks to the well wishers ❤️ Sim&Jim
Weddings can often bring out the best and the worst in couples.
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