Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Watching England play is stressful

Watching England play is one of life's most stressful events

Watching England play is one of life's most stressful events, research has suggested.

A poll of 6,000 Britons by hotel chain Travelodge found 40% of men said seeing England play was worse than a job interview, 15% said it was more stressful than getting married and 25% said moving house was easier.

Meanwhile, a study by Santander Current Accounts estimated Britons would collectively spend £260 million on flowers, restaurant meals, holidays and other peace-offerings in a bid to make up for neglecting their other half while watching the World Cup.

The poll of 2,000 people found 10% predicted the football would cause an argument with their partner.

A Western Union poll of 462 members of the Football Supporters' Federation (FSF), found the average fan travelling to watch the World Cup had spent between £4,000 and £5,000 on watching England through the group stages.

But following their team to the final would cost a further £4,000 each - a price few have budgeted for, the poll said.

Nearly one in three (30%) said they would put the extra expense on credit cards, 18% would dip into savings and 9% would rely on hand-outs from friends and family.

Michael Brunskill, of the FSF, said: "Being a football fan is a costly business and the FSF always advises fans to plan in advance so we hope that most won't be returning to the UK too out of pocket - whenever this may be.

"However, with England squad members on an average wage of £125,000 per week, we hope that their World Cup performance will offer good value for money for fans.

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