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Football fans' enjoyment of this week's England versus Ukraine World Cup qualifier could be ruined by slow broadband connections, a newspaper has warned.

It has been announced that the national side's next game is to be broadcast exclusively online by digital firm Perform for a minimum fee of £4.99, as no TV companies have chosen to take up the rights.

However, the Times' technology reporter Murad Ahmed has warned that people may want to check their current connection speed before paying for access to the game, as many fans may not have a strong enough service to take the broadcast.

He added: "There are a number of reasons for this, not least the fact the further away you are from a telephone exchange, the slower your connection.

"The best advice is to check on how healthy your speed is before you consider forking out the cash to watch the match."

Perform was given the chance to take up the rights to the game due to the collapse of sports TV channel Setanta, which went into administration earlier this year.

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