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'If England gets beaten, so will she' – the link between World Cup and violence explained

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Publication date11/07/2018
Media of outputOnline
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Examining reports of domestic abuse in Lancashire (a county of approximately 1.5m people in Northern England), across the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup tournaments, we discovered a 26% increase in reports of domestic abuse when England won or drew, and a 38% increase when England lost. Reports were also more frequent on weekends, and reached their peak when England exited the tournament.