Rumours are flying that one global investment bank has upset its French contingent over flexible work arrangements during the World Cup, which kicks off Friday.
In order to prevent unauthorized 'sickness', the firm has agreed to let staff view matches involving their own countries on huge screens brought in for the purpose. Staff from every country, that is, apart from the French, who are up in arms that they will miss all three of their Group matches, which will all be played on work days. Although two will kick-off in the early evening, the final match against South Africa starts at 3pm on a Tuesday.
One French employee told Here Is The City: 'This is totally unfair and unsportsmanlike. We can't understand why we are being singled out in this way'.
Bank spokesperson Seamus O'Toole said: 'It is pure co-incidence that we are not letting our French staff watch live matches at work. The fact that their team of cheating b*stards shouldn't be there in the first place has nothing to do with it'.