Investments in European football clubs may appear to boost the public profile of the Gulf countries. However, at the same time, they risk increasing financial inequalities among football clubs and threaten to entangle them in Gulf political agendas.
Erhan Akkas graduated from Durham University with a PhD in Islamic economics and finance in 2019 after obtaining his master’s in political economics at the University of Sussex. He is currently a lecturer at Agri Ibrahim Cecen University in Turkey and a visiting research fellow at Durham University Business School. Akkas’ most recent research focuses on political economy, economic development, Islamic finance, sovereign wealth funds, and Gulf Arab countries.