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Workers To Call In Sick During World Cup

The 2010 World Cup will cause tons of employees with creative excuses to call in sick to work.

The 2010 World Cup will cause tons of employees with creative excuses to call in sick to work.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 17:33 GMT

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There will be an awful lot of “sick” employees once the 2010 World Cup starts this summer.

According to a survey by FIFA sponsor Continental Tyres, 25 percent of workers plan to “pull a sickie” to watch the World Cup this June.

It breaks down to more than nine million U.K. employees calling in sick for an average of 3.5 days during the month-long tournament.

To ditch work, soccer fanatics will use more than 31,850,000 excuses as they call or text their bosses with fake illnesses.

The most commonly used ailments will include an upset stomach, vomiting, or headaches. One in six workers will lie and say their car won’t start or they suddenly have food poisoning.

One in 20 will even blame a death in the family so they can miss work and watch the tournament.

If that’s not enough, 40 percent of fans plan on checking scores, gossip, and line-ups from their work desk for at least 22 minutes a day.

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