Saturday, July 24

Women in England offer refuge to strangers due to the fear of the increase in sexist violence after the final of the European Championship

“Any woman in East London who is concerned about sexist violence tonight, send me a direct message (obviously we have limited space, but if any other woman can offer the same safe space, please do so)” Kate tweeted this Sunday as England and Italy played in the final of the European Football Championship. The match ended on the Italian side on penalties.

Nottinham, Bristol, Plumstead … Offers multiplied, with people even offering to pay for the ride in Uber or to pick them up wherever needed. “Pack a backpack for the night and I’ll pick you up,” said another woman in the same line as Kate. The figures say that sexist violence increases when there is football, mainly due to alcohol consumption, and several organizations and even members of the Government had warned of the danger during the final of the European Championship.

“We know that sexist violence increases when there are big football matches and although we all want England to win, we must remember those for which [el fútbol en casa] it is a threat often accompanied by alcohol and violence “, said last Thursday the Deputy Minister of Justice conservative David Wolfson.

A study published on July 4 by the Center for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics confirms this reality. The study crosses the calls and criminal information in the Manchester area with the schedule of 800 Manchester United and Manchester City games between 2012 and 2019.

The researchers point out that aggressions are reduced by 5% during the matches, but that they increase by 8.5% in the ten hours after the start of the match. The study rules out that the increase in violence is due to the emotions triggered by the match, but rather to the consumption of alcohol related to the encounter.

In this sense, the increase in these incidents occurs when the matches are held at noon or in the afternoon. If the confrontation is after 7:00 p.m., the researchers point out that there is no noticeable alteration. For this reason, the authors of the document ask for more matches on weeknights in order to reduce alcohol consumption.

“These results suggest that sporting events do not trigger sexist violence by themselves, but rather because of the excessive consumption of alcohol that usually accompanies these events,” says Ria Ivandic, a researcher at the center.

During the 2018 World Cup, the organization National Center for Domestic Violence launched a campaign in which the blood of a beaten woman formed the flag of England under the slogan: “If England takes a beating, she will get it too.”

During the 2018 competition, several organizations released a figure: when England loses a World Cup match, sexist violence increases by 38%. The data is based on a study “relatively small” prepared by three professors from Lancaster University that analyzes the incidents that occurred in the city during the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups. According to the report, sexist violence increased by 26% when the national team won or tied and 38% if the team lost.





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