The poor performance of a city's struggling football team is being blamed for an increase in domestic violence.Wha....?
Council bosses claim the woes of Championship team Southampton could be responsible for a sharp rise in family problems in the Hampshire city.I find it very hard to believe that that’s due to the performance of the football team, and not, say, the recession, or perhaps the recent campaign against domestic violence increasing the number of people who think it’s worthwhile reporting this.
Latest domestic violence figures show referrals to the council have doubled and now form almost half of all referrals to its child protection unit.
Education boss Councillor Peter Baillie attributed the rise in referrals to the recession and the bad form of the city's football team.I’d really like to see that ‘evidence’...
He said: 'In a recession people are more anxious with more money and job worries. They may be concerned about paying the mortgage.
'If people are not careful that can filter into strains on relationships.
'There is evidence that when a well-supported football team has a prolonged downturn that can also be felt through relationship problems.'