Euro 2012 fans beware! Football widows 'sick of being treated as second best to the beautiful game' flood extra marital dating site to 'have some fun of their own'
14:02 GMT, 21 June 2012
Attention seeking: An extra marital dating website has seen a rise in members during Euro 2012 (posed by models)
If you're planning to tune in to watch England play Italy in Sunday's Euro 2012 quarter final, you might want to spare a thought for what your partner is going to be up to if they don't share your passion for the game.
For extra marital dating site IllicitEncounters.com has revealed their membership has soared during the tournament as neglected football widows seek attention online.
Sarah, 35, from Manchester who didn't want to reveal her full identity, told the Mail Online she is one of the women who has logged on to the website to 'seek some fun' while her oblivious husband is engrossed in the football tournament.
She said: 'I
was sick and tired of being treated as second best to “the beautiful
game” and during the first England game of Euro 2012 I thought sod
it! I knew what it was going to be like for the rest of the tournament,
let alone the rest of the season, so I thought I'd go seek some fun of
'I got a huge buzz when I was sat next to my husband on the same
sofa during the process of filling out my personal profile, though
he's usually down the pub watching the matches.'
Sarah, who has been married for seven years and has children with her partner, said going on the website is a way to avoid her marriage breaking down.
She said: 'I do love my husband and I don't want to leave him and split up
the family which would unsettle the kids. I just need some
light relief myself to make this marriage work. He has the football, I
have my dates.'
IllicitEncounters.com is the UK's largest dating site for married people.
Oblivious: Football widows have been logging on to illicitencounters.com because their partners are more interested in the game than them (posed by model)
They claim their members
have 'one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance
outside their current relationship. Whether that's the occasional bit of
flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that's
up to them.'
For Sarah, being a member of the site has led to two dates so far but she 'hasn't taken them further'. However she admits, 'if I meet the right guy with
time I imagine I will.'
She added: 'I know it's a huge step, and a dangerous one, to
make but I'm very careful and don't plan on getting caught out. At the
moment it's just a lot of fun, a boost for the ego and something to do
whilst my husband is too wrapped up in the footie to notice.'
While Sarah's confession may seem shocking, figures from IllicitEncounters.com reveal she is not alone in looking for some excitement online.
The website, which was established in 2003 and has more than 680,000 members, reported a 77 per cent rise in female activity during match times since Euro 2012 began.
Since the start of the tournament, they have seen above average numbers of women logging on, especially during England matches.
Interestingly, the female activity on Illicit Encounters has risen in line with the TV viewing figures for England matches.
Illicit encounters: The website says it's up to members whether they log on for 'a flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair'
When England played France on 11th June, viewing figures peaked at 15.3million viewers which ignited a 72 per cent rise in female activity on the website.
Then when the England against Sweden match took place on June 15, viewing figures topped 16.2million, with a 76 per cent rise in females on Illicit Encounters. In the final group match when England beat Ukraine on Tuesday, 18.5million viewers tuned in while there was a rise of 82 percent on the average activity for women on the website.
Rosie Freeman-Jones of Illicit Encounters said: 'People's interest in football is obviously on the rise, but so is the number of women who feel put out by their husband's obsession with the game.
'Some new females have actually been surprisingly explicit about what lead them to join the site, citing instances where they were neglected while their partner spent hours at the pub, or those when they were completely ignored at home, apart from the occasional request for beer and snacks.'
She added: 'Perhaps these figures will serve as a wake-up call to British men – if you don't pay attention to these ladies, they'll go and find someone who will. Preferably someone who's into salsa dancing or gardening.'