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Women and children-only for troubled Turk teams

  • AP, Tuesday, September 20, 2011 2:49 PM

Turkey has come up with a radical solution for tackling crowd violence at soccer games -- ban the men and let only women and children in.

Only women and children under the age of 12 will be admitted to watch games -- for free -- involving teams which have been sanctioned for unruly behavior by their fans. On Tuesday, Fenerbahce handed out free tickets and more than 41,000 women and children attended the game against Manisaspor in Istanbul.

Fenerbahce was ordered in July to play two home games without any spectators after its fans invaded the field during a friendly against Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk. The federation changed its rules this week to allow women and children in.

Before the game, Fenerbahce and Manisaspor players tossed flowers at the fans. The visiting team was greeted with applause, instead of the usual jeering, the Anatolia news agency reported.

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