Domestic violence jumps during when the England football team plays during the World Cup, new research reveals, with incidents increasing still further when the team loses.
Researchers from Lancaster University examined crime figures from the local police force, comparing those from the World Cups held in 2002, 2006, and 2010. They discovered a significant increase in the rate of violence within the home when the England team took to the pitch – by 26 per cent when team won or drew and by as much as 38 per cent when it lost.
An average of 79.3 incidents of domestic violence were reported to the police on the day of England matches, but only 58.2 on other days. There were also an average of 70.5 on the day following matches – an 11 per cent increase.
“The tournament is held in the summer and is associated with warmer temperatures, increased alcohol consumption and brings individuals in closer proximity to others. Although it is difficult to say the tournament is a causal factor, the prestigious tournament does concentrate the risk factors into a short and volatile period, thereby intensifying the concepts of masculinity, rivalry and aggression.”
The findings could help the development of new ways to combat violence in the home, the researchers claim, reducing “the misery of abused partners, as well as the children and family members.”
The study was published in the current issue of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.