Danielle Elliot

  • New PSA shows darker side of World Cup fandom

    Danielle Elliot at Dirty Tackle1 mth ago

    When England loses a soccer match, domestic abuse significantly increases, according to a new PSA. 

    Tender Education and Arts is running the #StandUpWorldCup campaign across Twitter and other social media. The movement's PSA shows a woman watching a soccer match. She is clearly devastated that the team lost, but for reasons beyond team pride. As the screen goes black, a text slate explains that domestic abuse rose 38 percent when England was knocked out of the World Cup.

    The statistic comes from a study conducted at Lancaster University in 2013, in which researchers found that domestic abuse rises 38 percent when England loses a World Cup match.

    Led by criminologist Stuart Kirby, the researchers analyzed monthly and daily domestic abuse incidents reported to a police force in the northwest of England during television broadcasts of the 2002, 2006, and 2010 World Cups. Incidents of domestic abuse rose 26 percent when the team lost or the game ended in a draw, the study found.

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