Researcher Marcelo Moriconi published a Q1 article, along with researchers Patrícia Calca (CIES-Iscte) and Carlos Seixas (Universidade Portucalense).

This article drew some interesting conclusions, namely the great and continuing interest of fans in football, despite it being seen as an industry linked to corruption.

One of the key premises of the official sports integrity narrative is that the perception of widespread of corruption in sports leads to a decline in people’s interest in sports and to the consequent cultural and financial collapse of the sector. With evidence gathered through a representative survey conducted in Portugal, this article proves this premise to be inaccurate. Despite football being commonly perceived as a corrupt industry, the interest of fans remains unalterable regardless of gender, ideology, political preference, age, or place of residence. This article holds relevance in the ongoing discussion about the implications of sports integrity policy-making processes as it shows that maintaining supporters’ level of engagement is not significantly impacted by concerns over integrity itself. The conclusion discusses the ethical implications that this situation generates and proposes a series of recommendations to enhance integrity and good sports governance.

The article is avalable here.