Anger management: study suggests lack of fans has made players calmer

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  • Researchers find fewer fans means fewer arguments on pitch
  • But incidents of self-criticism appear to increase

More insight into the weird world of football behind closed doors has arrived from Austria, where research into Red Bull Salzburg matches found a lack of fans off the pitch coincided with a lack of arguments on it.

Researchers from the University of Salzburg studied 20 Salzburg matches, 10 before lockdown and 10 after, to observe the “emotional behaviour and interactions” between players and with officials.

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Written by Paul MacInnes
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/jan/25/anger-management-study-suggests-lack-of-fans-has-made-players-calmer under the title “Anger management: study suggests lack of fans has made players calmer”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.