Prem Fans: “Football is better than sex!”
Almost a quarter of loved up football fans would rather watch a game than score with their partner a new survey has found.
The OnePoll survey for SportsBettingOnline.net found 23% of Premiership football fans in committed relationships admitted to passing up sex so they could watch a match.
And a dishonest 24% of the 1,000 supporters surveyed said they had lied to their partner in the past so they could get to see a game.
For many fans obsession with the beautiful game clearly interfered with their love life with 52% admitting they regularly checked their phones for score updates if out on a date when a game was on.
Perhaps surprisingly men were more likely to pass up sex than female football fans with more than a quarter, 27%, saying they had turned down an intimate encounter to watch a game compared to just 18% of women.
Men are also much more likely to tell a lie so they can watch football with almost a third, 32% confessing they had told their partner an untruth so they could avoid a commitment and watch the football instead.
Women fans were far more honest with only 15% admitting to telling a fib so they could watch a match.
Men were also the biggest culprits when it came to spoiling a date by constantly checking their smartphone for football related news with almost two thirds, 61%, admitting to regularly scanning their screens compared with only 43% of football obsessed women.
Football fans in Yorkshire, London and the North East were the most likely to choose football over sex with 29%, 28% and 27% turning down their partner’s advances in each of the respective regions.
East Anglia has the randiest football fans with only seven per cent willing to choose football over sex compared to 93% who were willing to give their team the red card if their partner wanted a cuddle.
Fans in London were the biggest liars with 29% admitting they had lied to their partner to watch a game, compared to 27% in the North East and just nine per cent in East Anglia.
Football supporters in the North East were the most likely to let football get in the way on a date with 63% confessing they regularly checked their phones for football updates while out with their partner compared with only 26% of fans in the East Midlands.
Fans aged 45-54 were the most likely to swerve sex to watch a match with 26% preferring to watch a game, compared to just 16% of randy 18-24 year olds and 22% of grateful over 55 year olds.
Younger fans were also more likely to lie with 27% of 24-34 year olds willing to tell their partner a fib so they could watch a match compared with just 17% of over 55s.
Fans of newly promoted Bournemouth are the most determined not to miss a Premiership match with a massive 69% of supporters willing to turn down their partners’ amorous advances if their team were playing.
They were also more willing to lie to their partner to watch a game than fans at any other club with 63% prepared to tell porkies to watch a match, compared to just 10% of honest Stoke City fans.
Manchester City fans were the most likely to spend dates checking their phones for football related updates with 72% confessing they has ruined a night out with their partner in this way compared to just 22% of Swansea City supporters.
A spokesman for SportsBettingOnline.net, who commissioned the survey, said: “When Match of the Day comes on the telly on a Saturday night it’s a real battleground in the households of football supporters across the UK.
“Often one partner wants to end their Saturday by getting close to their other half while for many it’s a time to get close to Gary Lineker and catch up on the latest from the Premiership. It must be hard when you love one woman but adore 11 men.”