Police usually see a high volume of calls relating to domestic abuse incidents during major tournaments, with West Yorkshire Police saying they had around 110 calls a game during the last World Cup. Two forces in Yorkshire have issued public warnings on the subject and say victims of domestic abuse should not hesitate to call them.
Officers have been sending red cards to people wanted on warrant by West Yorkshire Police for domestic abuse offences and directing them to hand themselves in or they will be arrested when police see fit.
Detective Superintendent Darren Minton of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Our message is very clear; whatever the result is on match day, there’s no excuse for domestic abuse, if you lose it during the football, you could lose everything - including your family and your job.
“We will always put the needs of the victim and any children first – help is available for victims or people who are worried that their partner may become violent.”