The late Liverpool manager Bill Shankly famously declared that football was more important than life and death.
So if he were around today he would no doubt be disappointed by a study which shows men care five times more about their wives than their teams.
Newcastle United fans had their stress levels measured when cutting up pictures of the squad and their partners.
Despite the fans telling scientists that they had as much affection for their team as their wives, results showed that they were far more stressed when destroying a picture of their partner.
They also had to choose between sticking needles into voodoo dolls of their favourite player and injuring him for the next game or their partner and making them ill for a week.
Marcus Munafr, professor of biological psychology at Bristol University said: "The data we collected seemed to quite strongly support the idea that when it comes down to it fans feel more strongly about their partners than their team."
He said he focussed on scientific techniques "which allowed us to find out what the fans were secretly thinking."
- DAILY MAIL