Football World Cup leads to an increase in cases of domestic violence, claims study

The tournament is held in the summer and is associated with warmer temperatures, increased alcohol consumption and brings individuals in closer proximity to others, leading to conflict.

updated: September 21, 2013 13:55 IST
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London: Domestic abuse increases during World Cup football matches - especially if the home team loses, a new study in the UK has claimed.

Researchers analysed figures from Lancashire Constabulary across three tournaments in 2002, 2006, and 2010. After controlling for day of the week, incidents of domestic abuse rose by 38 per cent in Lancashire when the England team played and lost and increased by 26 per cent when the England national team played and won or drew compared with days when there was no England match.

There was also a carry-over effect, with incidents of domestic abuse 11 per cent higher the day after an England match.

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