About 15 percent of British soccer male fans shed more tears of joy over their team’s win than over the birth of their first child, UK’s Daily Mirror reported on Thursday.
The newspaper based its report on a study conducted by electrical chain Comet just 24 hours before the Euro 2012 soccer championship that kicks off on Friday.
The study revealed that one in 10 said that winning the Euro 2012 by England will mean more than their wedding day.
For the younger men who were surveyed, watching their team play was “more important than sex or keeping their partner happy.”
The intriguing statistics suggested that a third of men would happily do home chores, such as washing dishes or cleaning, in return for watching England games uninterrupted.
One in five said they would have dinner with the in-laws in order to have full access to the remote control during the Euro 2012 football matches.
Around 40 percent of men are expected to watch 18 hours of football during Euro 2012. Sports psychologist Martin Perry said the emotional impact of a win was as great as any landmark event in their lives.
“We’ve all seen men sat with their head in their hands after their favorite team has lost an important football match and this survey really highlights the passion that men can feel towards the beautiful game,” he said.
“For many, the feelings they experience when watching a pivotal match can even overshadow the emotion they feel on some of the biggest occasions in their lives, including the birth of their first child.”