To what extent can racist behavior during games impact the performance of soccer players? Do white and non-white footballers (depending on their skin color) react in the same way to racial harassment by fans during games? A study conducted by Fabrizio Colella, PhD student at the Department of Economics of the Faculty of HEC (UNIL), answers these questions.
Euro 2021 is in full swing!
Fabrizio Colella, a PhD student at the University of Lausanne, has just published the results of a study he conducted during the pandemic, when soccer players faced each other in the absence of an audience: in Europe in particular, non-white players performed significantly better when the stadiums were empty, while white footballers reacted less.
More information in the report edited by Fabrizio Colella for the media, the full scientific paper is currently under review by the editor.
Note that this report was the subject of an article in The Economist (access by subscription), as well as articles in local Swiss medias.