Women & Children First In TurkeyBy: The Offside | September 30th, 2011
Still battling that PR campaign which involves ridding the public of the idea that Turkish football is an abode of corruption and fan violence and a place where Felipe Melo celebrates things, they’ve gone one better from the “women and children only as punishment” for crowd misbehavior. So impressed were they by the atmosphere created by a soprano-heavy crowd, they’ve decided to allow them in for free.
A great concept, particularly for a league so battered and bruised in recent times by, well, everything.
Spurred on by the popularity of last week’s match between Fenerbahce and Manisaspor in which male fans were banned, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) have declared that women and children can attend top division matches for free as part of its drive to combat hooliganism.
The new initiative is part of a campaign entitled “The Beautiful Game Will Stay Beautiful”.
The project will help “increase interest in this beautiful game, prevent violence and disorder, deter ugly chanting and create an environment where families can watch a match in peace,” the TFF said on its website.
The cost of the tickets will be met by the TFF and paid to the clubs, it added.
However, where are women and children always ushered through first?
Sinking ships. This probably isn’t the analogy Turkey wants to be penning.