Lancaster University has published a shocking piece of research that suggests that levels of domestic violence in England increase, particularly if England lose. Figures were gathered from Lancashire Constabulary from times of World Cup Matches in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Incidents reportedly rose by 38% in Lancashire when England lost and 26% when England won. Or drew. This was in comparison to days when England did not play.
The trend was also seen to rise on the day after an England game, with an average of 70.5 cases reported.
Many explanations for this have been suggested such as the rise in alcohol consumption, increased masculinity and rivalry. A social Services representative stated;
“The tournament goes on for a whole month – this creates all sort of problems, often aggravated by alcohol, on the smallest of issues such as what programme the TV is tuned into.”