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When sports teams lose important games, police worry that fans will unleash disorder and mayhem to express their frustration. But a new study suggests that victory is a more potent cause of fan violence than defeat.

In Wales, significantly greater violence resulted on days when the local soccer and rugby teams won their games than when they lost, according to researchers at Cardiff University, who tracked assault-related emergency room visits over a seven-year period that included 106 games.

Previous studies had indicated that winning fans were more likely to be highly emotional and that domestic violence perpetrated by men occurs more often after the assailant's team wins. Counting assault-related emergency room visits on game day and the day after, the Welsh researchers found an average of 33.5 visits when local teams won, and 25.4 visits when they lost, according to a report in the journal Injury Prevention.

-- Washington Post