AN ACADEMIC is calling for football fans to have their say on the bodies that run the beautiful game.
Dr Borja García, from Loughborough University School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, wants about 35 supporters from clubs all over the UK to keep audio/visual diaries this year.
He already has about 16 volunteers to use a specially designed smartphone app to record their thoughts, but he needs more from the Championship and lower leagues to create a more balanced sample, to find out if fans feel sidelined by the way the sport is managed, from club boards up to the FA, FIFA and UEFA.
Real Madrid and Nottingham Forest fan Dr Garcia said: “Sport, and football in particular, is an important part of our European identity.
“By understanding how supporters engage with existing governance structures, and what they think of them, we hope to develop a picture of the changing face of football in Europe.
“Supporters should be an asset for their clubs and they deserve to be listened to.”
Anyone interested in getting involved should visit www.supporters-direct.org/homepage/research/free-project/