Footballers ‘are seedier than criminals’

May 9th, 2009 - 4:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, May 9 (ANI): Football stars are more likely to have alcohol problems, be more verbally aggressive and more sexually promiscuous than criminals, a new study has shown.

The study, which was published in the Australian Psychological Society’s journal InPsych, based its findings on responses of 50 AFL footballers.

In the research, volunteers were subjected to personality tests and their results were compared to the results of similar tests conducted on 940 convicted criminals, The Courier Mail reports.

According to, the study found footballers scored significantly higher than both the social average and the offenders in measures of alcohol problems, anxiety, verbal aggression, sexual promiscuity and anti-social behaviour.

“The data suggested that AFL footballers were most likely to offend in the context of alcohol usage, through offences such as drunk and disorderly, drink driving, or violent or reckless behaviour,” the study authors reported.

“The relatively high sexual promiscuity scores suggested AFL footballers may potentially place themselves at greater risk for sex-related offences and vulnerability to scandal,” it added.

Professor Bob Montgomery, president of the Australia Psychological Society, said: “Very often to become a high profile person, you’re a risk taker. You’re willing to take a chance that other people might turn their back on.”

He said the group mentality of young men in football teams was also part of the problem. (ANI)

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