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17 June 2004

England - a drinking country with a football problem

Unfortunately, this is not the only, or even the most serious, violence problem due to drunken English football fans - this is. Under the sensational headline "THEY SIT IN TERROR PRAYING ENGLAND WIN...", the Nottingham Evening Post, usually an excessively pro-football paper from all I can tell (though I admit I mostly only read the property ads), told the shocking story of the huge rise in domestic abuse calls from women on nights when England has lost in international soccer competition.
"Fear rose inside Sharon as she realised England were going out of Euro 2000. She knew her partner - a passionate England fan - would be angry with the result and he had been drinking heavily.
"She knew she would be badly beaten if she stayed in their house.
"She put a coat on her young son and went to the nearest public phone box."

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