England’s Defeat In EURO Leads To Rise In Domestic Violence And Racial Abuse For Players
The Euro 2020 final match barely ended five hours ago but in England, some people are already fearing the consequences of the national team’s defeat. For many fans across the country, football isn’t just a game, it’s life. And unfortunately for some innocent women and children, a win or lose in a match can become a life or death situation for them.
The UK’s National Domestic Violence (NCDV) revealed a horrifying statistic which shows that whenever the national football team plays a match, domestic violence cases in England increases by 26%. Worse still, if England were to lose, the number would even rise to 38%.
Some people think football is a matter of life and death – to victims of domestic abuse, it often is! #DomesticAbuse #DomesticViolence #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/bpyHuc7vkt — NCDV – National Centre For Domestic Violence (@NCDV_Official) July 3, 2021
A study also found that domestic abuse cases tend to spike more when matches are scheduled early in the day because the perpetrators would start drinking throughout the day, which leads to a peak in domestic abuse by alcoholized perpetrators in the late evening, says Professor of social work Cathy Humphreys.
Meanwhile, for England football players like Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, and Marcus Rashford who unfortunately missed the penalty shootouts during the team’s defeat to Italy in the Euro finals, the racial abuse that came after the match was immediate and obvious.
Among them, 19-year-old Saka was probably feeling the most helpless as it was his first time taking a professional penalty, which is nerve-racking enough on its own. And instead of comforting him after the game, racist football fans decided to flood Saka’s Instagram with monkey emojis almost immediately after his shot was saved by Italy’s goalkeeper.
The racist abuse towards Bukayo Saka has started. No words… pic.twitter.com/nRNk0BGQSG — em🌶 (@awfcemily) July 11, 2021
Thankfully, there are also plenty of level-headed football fans who promise to report all the offensive comments on the footballers’ accounts and also leaving positive remarks for them.
People are now flooding Saka, Sancho and Rashford's IG pages with positivity to drown out all the racist comments ❤️ pic.twitter.com/soBcsfCSIy — Zing Tsjeng (@misszing) July 11, 2021
Defend Saka, Rashford, and Sancho at all costs. Report and block hate/abuse. Flood their socials with positivity. Call out tomorrow’s rags if they dare pin anything on 3 young English lads who stepped up for our country. — Rahul Kohli (@RahulKohli13) July 11, 2021
But still, the fact that a football match is capable of driving people into such malicious behaviours is definitely concerning. Which is why many people are now urging authorities to enact proper legislation to ban abusers from social media and punish them for the heinous hate crimes.