A domestic abuse charity has urged victims to seek support as the England men’s football team progresses through Euro 2020. The Three Lions will take on underdogs Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday, knowing that victory will leave them one game away from silverware.
But concerns abound over the link between football matches and domestic violence.
Ruth Davison, chief executive of charity Refuge, said: “As England advance though the Euros and ahead of the semi-finals on Wednesday – and a potential England final on Sunday – Refuge’s message to women and girls experiencing domestic abuse remains clear: you are not alone, Refuge is here for you.
“While football tournaments do not cause abuse – abuse is always a choice a perpetrator makes – they can exacerbate pre-existing abusive behaviours.
“Let’s be really clear, there is never an excuse for abusive behaviour and abuse doesn’t come ‘by appointment’, it happens all year round.
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