Police have revealed that domestic violence incidents shot up the day England lost in the World Cup.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) recorded 353 incidents on June 27, while the Kent Police said it witnessed a 400 per cent rise in cases of domestic abuse - when England suffered their humiliating 4-1 defeat against Germany.
"I find it quite disgraceful that we have seen this level of physical abuse of vulnerable people by what I would describe as cowardly bullies.
"Whilst I cannot scientifically link this surge in domestic violence with the football, we would probably expect to see perhaps six offences of this nature in that time period," The Telegraph quoted Chief Superintendent Chris Hogben, of Kent Police, as saying.
"Evidence shows that the combination of a major sporting event, good weather and alcohol leads to a significant rise in domestic abuse," said singer Rowetta Satchell, who has escaped an abusive relationship.
GMP launched a campaign to urge victims of domestic abuse to seek help during the World Cup, and 653 people phoned a special help line in June.