This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.

Access exclusive podcasts, interviews and analysis with a monthly or annual membership

Become A Member
Dublin: 18 °C Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Turkish FA finds an original way to combat hooliganism

The Turkish FA decided that only women and children could attend a recent Fenerbahce match, following crowd disturbances in July.

Image: Press Association Images

THE TURKISH FA have come up with novel way to combat hooliganism – banning men only from attending matches.

Women and children under the age of 12 were allowed in to watch Fenerbahce’s recent match against Manisaspor in Istanbul but men were banned due to violence that took place at a friendly game in July.

It had initially been decided that Fenerbahce would have to play two home matches behind closed doors, after fans invaded the pitch in the match against Shakhtar Donetsk.

However, authorities in Turkey decided to downgrade the punishment and allow women and children to attend.

Instead of the customary loud jeers of the male-dominated support, both sets of players emerged to flowers being thrown at them, while they were greeted with applause.

For more on this story, click on the BBC website >

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Read next: