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Supporters’ attitudes towards European football governance: structural dimensions and sociodemographic patterns
journal contributionposted on 2020-07-14, 07:54 authored by Borja Garcia-GarciaBorja Garcia-Garcia, Ramón Llopis-Goig
The role of fans in football governance is a topic of increasing academic and political interest. This article offers a quantitative approach to investigate supporters’ opinions of governance structures in European football. It asks whether fans trust governing bodies, clubs, leagues and other stakeholders currently in charge of football governance. It also investigates the extent to which fans consider they should have a direct say on how football clubs are governed. Drawing on concepts from sports governance literature, an online survey collects opinions of football fans in six European countries (United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, Poland, France, and Germany). The results indicate a high level of mistrust from the fans on national governing bodies and presidents and owners of football clubs. Supporters have a positive view of fan involvement in governance structures, but are pessimist about the actual efficacy of supporters’ activism.
This article presents research part of the FREE Project (Football Research in an Enlarged Europe, www.free-project.eu), funded by the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) of the European Commission, under Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities [Grant number 290805].
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Published inSoccer & Society
Pages372 - 387
PublisherInforma UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
Rights holder© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Publisher statementThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Soccer & Society on 9 July 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14660970.2020.1790356.