Manchester United fans were recorded as the noisiest home supporters over the weekend, during a study conducted by Press Association Sport, according to ITV.
The study has come to fruition following comments from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in the aftermath of Chelsea's victory over QPR in a west London derby.
"It was like playing in an empty stadium," Mourinho said at the time. Since then, a tempest of debate has raged between Chelsea fans, as well as other football supporters, over the causation of the latter's alleged apathy. Ticket prices, lack of safe-standing zones and increasing numbers of visiting tourists have all been blamed thus far.
Using the Sound Meter application on their smartphones, journalists were sent to Premier League stadia across the country, to measure the noise levels of Premier League home grounds. The results are to be used to gauge the accuracy of Mourinho's comments towards the Chelsea faithful.
What they recorded
The measurements were all recorded between the first and sixtieth seconds, in the efforts of a fair test. However, the study fails to take into account the difference in crowd sizes across the land.
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At 84 decibels, the greatest measurement taken was at Old Trafford, where Manchester United clashed with the notoriously vehement Crystal Palace. Despite obtaining the highest sound level, there were in excess of 30,000 more supporters present at the game than anywhere else. The Palace fans also made a wholesome contribution to the level of noise.
Every other game's decibel reading fell between the values of 78 and 74, and with significantly lower attendances, it could be claimed that other clubs' supporters were more potent than those of United.
More readings will be taken during the next game week, in the hope of recording a value from every stadium in the league, to collect a clear gauge on the justification of Mourinho's aforementioned comments.
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