One in three Brit football fans think they use as much energy in stands as Chelsea's N'Golo Kante does on the pitch

A STAGGERING 38 per cent of football fans in the UK reckon they burn as much energy in the stands watching as N'Golo Kante does on the pitch.

Mastercard surveyed more than 14,000 people across nine markets to see how fans in different nations react at football matches.

And bizarrely, more than a third of British supporters believe they use as much energy as energiser bunny Kante and James Milner while just watching,

But compared to Turkey, that's nothing, where 91 per cent of supporters – notorious for creating a fierce atmosphere inside their stadiums, believe their exertions are on par with the players.

Mastercard carried out the research into fans’ passion after developing a new technology called Kit Beats, which allows one person to feel another's heartbeat in real time.

It has been built into uniforms and could allow fans to feel the emotions and heartbeat of the players as they play.

The clever tech has been trialled in the Champions League this season by a number of mascots, with their parents monitoring their children’s heartbeats from the stands.

Mastercard's Rose Beaumont said: “We wanted to look at our fans, and their reactions, to show everyone the passion they feel at a football match.


“The fans in the stadium are an integral part of each game and ‘Kit Beats’ will eventually allow them to feel the impact that they have on a player as they spur them on throughout a match.”

The UK research revealed the average football fan polled had watched their team play seven times during the season.

And 39 per cent said they viewed supporters of their side like they viewed their family.

The study showed very little difference between how men and women act at a football match.

However, potty-mouthed men are more likely to swear when the other team score.

Bradley Busch, chartered sports psychologist, added: “Football is such a special and unique sport, mainly because of the close connection that the fans feel towards their team.

“For many, it really is more than just a game.

"The rollercoaster of emotions that fans feel can be incredibly intense and makes them feel connected to both each other and their team.”

Meanwhile, almost one fifth of British football fans admit they would pull a sickie to watch their favourite team, according to new research into European supporters’ obsession with the beautiful game.

It revealed Germans are the biggest screamers when their team scores, while the French are most likely to go in for an emotional cuddle.

Incredibly, ten per cent of British fans also said they have lied to their partner about going to attend a match while 16 per cent revealed they would cancel a date if it meant going to watch their team play for.

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