A domestic violence charity has released an emotional video that claims domestic violence cases rise by more than a third when England are knocked out the World Cup.
The video, which shows a woman looking anxious as she watches a football match on TV, says that domestic violence rises by 38 percent when England lose in a World Cup competition.
It also includes the slogan: “No one wanted England to win more than women”, and has been viewed over 300,000 times.
The figure they use is from a University of Lancaster study that reported a rise in domestic abuse cases in Lancashire when England lost. They also reported a 26 percent rise when England won or drew.
A spokesman for Tender, the charity who made the video, said: “Though research on the rise of domestic violence during the World Cup is relatively new and for lack of a better word, sparse, the trend is alarming and impossible to ignore.
“The weather is getting warmer, more drinks will be consumed, emotions will be heightened, and none of this excuses violence. We ask that individuals and organisations to stand together this World Cup season and say “No excuses”.”
Police have already launched an anti-violence campaign during the football tournament, with forces across Britain launching poster campaigns, acquiring extra resources and even paying personal visits to people who are already known offenders.
A similar campaign was launched before the 2012 European championships, with police putting up hard-hitting posters which slogans such as: “Winning strike – when is kick off in your house? Give your temper the red card.”