“If England Gets Beaten, So Will She’ -Alarming Link Between World Cup and Domestic Violence


THIS IS a confronting image, but its creators hope it will shock World Cup fans into learning about the darker side of their favourite sporting event.

According to researchers, domestic violence figures from England’s games in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups found domestic abuse’s incidents rose by 38 per cent when the England team lost and increased by 26 per cent where England won or drew, compared with days when there was no England match.

The researchers from UK’s Lancaster University also found out that there was a carry-over effect too, with incidents of domestic abuse 11 per cent higher the day after an England match.

One of such stories was carried by Elle magazine. A woman identified only as Lucy narrated how she nd her autistic brother Jonny were abused by their father during the 2006 World Cup, when England lost against Portugal in the quarterfinals. At the time, Lucy was 10 and Jonny was 8.

“What a joke, blaming football for domestic violence,” commented one man on the organisation’s Facebook page.

“It’s to do with the alcohol consumption u morons not England playing,” wrote another.

The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University examined the data for recorded domestic and non-domestic assaults in NSW on Wednesday nights, from 6pm to 6am the next day for the weeks around Origin games.

The data spanned 11 weeks when games are held and included Victoria as a control measure because of the low interest in rugby league in that state.

The Centre’s Dr Michael Livingston said the spike in cases was significant and consistent in NSW across the three-game series in each and every one of the years examined.

“In the twelve-hour window from 6pm to 6am on State of Origin game night, women and children in New South Wales are almost 40 per cent more likely to become victims of domestic violence,” Dr Livingston said.