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Which team’s fans ‘play away’ the most?

Palace supporters are runners-up in league table no one wants to head

  • 17% of football fans are likely to cheat on matchdays
  • Aston Villa supporters are the most likely to cheat on their partners 
  • 71% say away days are games where fans are most likely to cheat

One-in-six football fans have admitted to cheating on their partners on matchday with Aston Villa fans (the aptly named Villains) the worst for playing away.

Many supporters across the country are cheating when watching their teams around the country and abroad and, while Villa are the biggest love rats, Liverpool fans are the supporters that rivals most want to have sex with.

The research comes from sports betting tips outfit Free Super Tips, who surveyed fans of English Premier League teams to see what goes on behind the scenes on matchday.

Of course, we at London Inspire would wish to point out that there might be a difference between the fans’ claims and the reality. In the laddish culture of football fans there is no shortage of boasting about conquests – whether real or perceived.

We would have also liked to see the following question asked: If your other half knew about your indiscretions how would they react?

The Fans Behaving Badly survey (2,000 fans polled) delved into supporters’ disloyal habits when following their team home, away and abroad with more than a third (35%) of those who said they had cheated admitted that it was during an away day.

Worryingly for partners, the number of fans cheating is high even when watching home games and trips abroad. More than a quarter (26%) of unfaithful fans have played away while watching their side at home with 24% sleeping around while they followed their team abroad.

Newly promoted Aston Villa topped the table of Premier League cheaters with 42% of supporters admitting that they had been unfaithful on matchdays.

A third of Crystal Palace fans have slept around putting them in second place, while also promoted Sheffield United take third place with 29%.

Bournemouth are fourth with a quarter of supporters cheating, followed by a four-way split for fifth between Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham on fifth, all with 20%.

So, that’s four London clubs in or around the ‘Cheating Champions League’ places!

Burnley supporters are the most faithful with all insisting they haven’t cheated on their partners.

And it looks as though partners should worry most when their other halves head to Anfield with fans across the league admitting that they’d rather bed a red than anyone else.

Liverpool fans are most popular with a quarter of fans saying they’re the fanbase they want to sleep with followed by Chelsea 20%, and Arsenal and Manchester United each with 17%.

Jake Apperley, a spokesperson for Free Super Tips, said: “The survey shows a concerning attitude football fans have for away days and the impact it has on people’s morality.

“Although it’s not our place to discuss people’s relationships it is interesting to find that the 90 minutes of football being played isn’t the only thrill fans are looking for on matchday.”

Percentage of Premier League fans who have cheated per team:

1 Aston Villa 42%

2 Crystal Palace 33%

3 Sheffield United 29%

4 Bournemouth 25%

5= Chelsea 20%

5= Arsenal 20%

5= Manchester United 20%

5= West Ham 20%

9 Manchester City 18%

10 Norwich 14%

11 Tottenham Hotspur 13%

11= Liverpool 13%

11= Watford 13%

11= Wolverhampton Wanderers 13%

15 Newcastle United 12%

16 Everton 9%

17 Southampton 8%

18 Brighton Hove & Albion 7%

19 Leicester City 6%

20 Burnley 0%

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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