One in four of us are likely to skive off work to catch the World Cup matches this summer, according to a survey by Continental tyres.
As an official sponsor of the month-long tournament, the tyres manufacturer has discovered that more than nine million fans intend to throw a sickie for an average of 3.5 days.
That adds up to 32 million fake sick notes!
The most common porky-pie will be a dodgy stomach at 28%, while 23% will say they feel sick and one in five will blame a headache. Other staff will say the boiler is broken, their car won’t start or they have to look after a poorly child.
And one in 20 will pretend there has been a death in the family.
Tim Bailey, a spokesman for Continental Tyres, which polled 4,000 people, said: “Fans will try almost anything not to miss a big game.”
The study also found that about 14 million days will be lost as staff nurse hangovers after watching matches with mates.
And even when people are at work, 40% will spend at least 22 minutes a day checking scores and gossiping once the tournament has kicked off on June 11.
One in 10 die-hard fans even said they would quit their job if they had a ticket for the final and their boss refused to let them have time off.
Denna Bowman, Head Office