Every sport has its “hooligans” and lots of us have probably been intimidated at a sporting event where rowdy, drunk spectators get violent and abusive. That was the problem in the Turkey soccer league where fans stormed the field and attacked journalists.
As a punishment the team supported by the out-of-control fans, Fenerbahce, was ordered to play two home games without spectators. However the soccer association changed the ruling and instead decreed that only women and children under 12 years-old will be allowed to attend games involving teams sanctioned for unruly behaviour.
That strikes me as genius, and a little bit sexist.
So over 40,000 free tickets were given out to women and children and the game went on! Before kickoff players from both teams threw flowers into the crowds. The stadium full of women had an awesome time, and the players seemed pretty stoked, too.
It was such a fun and pleasant atmosphere. At first, we Manisaspor players couldn’t believe in what we were seeing and hearing
Manisaspor (the visiting team) midfielder Ömer Aysan is quoted as saying.
Apparently there was even a force of female-only guards outside checking to make sure that no men entered the stadium.
For the first time in ages it seems the fans cheered for both teams and the game went off without a hitch, despite a potentially dodgy offside ruling by the ref. Nice one, ladies!
I reckon that looks like good times!