29/11/2011

Women and Children first... Then, Anything Goes


There was me thinking it was urban legend again and this image cropped up on a google search I just instigated.


According to friends visiting Istanbul a couple of months ago, the Turkish Football Federation had punished Fenerbahce fans' unsightly, if very fun, pitch invasion in Ukraine last season, by ruling that no-one could attend their games, later amending the rules so that women and children could go instead.


In a game against Aegean side Manisaspor in September, 27 000 tickets were freely distributed to women and children and, er, this brave gentleman pictured. Apparently the atmosphere was a vast improvement, and visiting Manisaspor were even cheered by the crowd.

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