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Soap fans vent anger as football pushes Emmerdale and Coronation Street out of schedules

Emmerdale usually screens five days a week on ITV Credit: ITV

Soap fans have been venting there anger after it emerged two of their favourite programmes will have episodes rescheduled to make way for football coverage.

Both the Yorkshire-based soap Emmerdale and Coronation Street and have been removed from the schedules during the next week so ITV can show the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup from Russia.

The usual Wednesday and Thursday episodes of Emmerdale have been moved as has Wednesday's episode of Coronation Street.

Regular viewers of the soaps were angry at the change to their expected episodes with one viewer wondering why FIFA couldn't take Emmerdale's scheduling into account.

Others have vented their frustration online that they will have to wait longer to catch up with storylines.

One fan shared their outrage that the tournament was not worthy of ousting the soaps.

However, some people couldn't see what the fuss was about as they would not have tuned in either way.

ITV has already scheduled extra episodes of Emmerdale with an extra half-hour added to Tuesday's episodes this week and next week and extra instalments of Coronation Street are expected to be scheduled as well.

Emmerdale's Pierce Harris and Rhona Goskirk on their wedding day Credit: ITV

Emmerdale, which will screen this coming week on Monday, Tuesday and Friday is currently dealing with the aftermath of Rhona Goskirk (played by Zoe Henry) splitting from her abusive husband Pierce Harris (played by Jonathan Wrather).

Coronation Street, which will air on Monday and Friday this coming week, is focussing on the abusive relationship between Bethany Platt (played by Lucy Fallon) and her older fiance Nathan Curtis (played by Chris Harper) which has seen the teen taken advantage of by Nathan's sinister friends and cut off from her family.


Two people killed walking across A64 near Malton

The bus stop on the A64 at Welburn near Malton Credit: ITV News Calendar

A man and a woman have been killed while crossing the A64 at Welburn near Malton.

North Yorkshire Police say the two people were struck by a white car travelling east towards Scarborough at around 10:55pm on Friday evening and were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. They were both in their 50s and lived nearby.

The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 50s from Wakefield, was uninjured as was his wife who was in the passenger seat.

The A64 was closed for several hours in both directions for investigations to take place but reopened at 3:35am. Police are searching for anyone who saw what happened.

Huddersfield Town signs striker Laurent Depoitre from FC Porto

Laurent Depoitre Credit: PA Images

International striker Laurent Depoitre is joining Huddersfield Town from Portugal's FC Porto for an undisclosed club record fee. The newly promoted Terriers signed a two year deal last night with an option to stay for a further year beyond the summer of 2019.

The 28 year old is the club's first signing since gaining promotion to the Premier League. He has played in the Champions League as well as winning the Belgian Pro League and Super Cup.

"I am very happy that we have made Laurent our first signing of this summer window. He is a proper striker; one who has played for a very good Belgium side, featured in elite European competition and who has won domestic titles. It is great news that we have had the opportunity to sign a player of his quality and now we will focus on getting him back to the top form he showed only a season ago. He scores goals and is a real worker too, so he will fit the ‘Terriers Identity’ very well. His attitude on the pitch is exactly what we need, plus he is a very good character off the field too. I’m already looking forward to working with Laurent when we return to PPG Canalside for pre-season in early July.”

– Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner
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