Soap fans were livid there were no episodes of Corrie or Emmerdale on ITV last night

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Even the characters in Emmerdale couldn’t believe they’d been shunned for the football. (PA)

Plenty of soap fans were left seething after there were no episodes of Coronation Street or Emmerdale aired last night due to the World Cup coverage.

With England taking on Tunisia in their group stage opener, ITV1 altered their entire evening of programming despite not actually showing the football.

That was left to Gary Lineker and the BBC to showcase the match, as ITV deemed the competition too great – and not wanting soap fans to choose between the national team and their favourite soap – decided to rejig their lineup and show a re-run of Vera instead.

But fans were left fuming that their soaps were not showing despite there being no football on the channel.

Corrie even announced that they were offering hour-long episodes later in the week, reassuring fans that they weren’t being forgotten.

‘Simon Gregson wants to tell you about changes to the Coronation Street schedule! This week we’re on: Tues 19th June, 8pm (1 hr) Thurs 21st June, 8pm (1 hr) Fri 22nd June, 8pm (1 hr),’ the tweet read.

But people simply weren’t happy. Some, in fact, were absolutely livid, unamused that ‘a repeat of F*****G VERA!!’ was on instead…

The famous Corrie cobbles were nowhere to be seen on Monday evening. (PA)

Fans did make the point that the football wasn’t even on ITV that night but it seems the decision to change things up was thoroughly thought out by the channel in question.

Johnny breaks down telling Liz how Jenny’s getting on his nerves and he hates himself for failing his own son. (REX)

With Corrie having three hour-long episodes this week, Emmerdale is doing the same, airing for the hour beforehand.

And it turns out ITV probably made the right call, as the BBC had a huge 21 million viewers that tuned in for the game.

‘OOOFT! Over 21 million of you watched the @BBCSport coverage of England v Tunisia. 18.3m peak on your televisions and more than 3m on @BBCiPlayer. Bloody Nora,’ the presenter said.

The World Cup continues on both the BBC and ITV until 15 July.

Catch Emmerdale tonight at 7pm and Coronation Street from 8pm, on ITV1.

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