No Men Allowed At Turkish Soccer Game – VIDEO


More than 41,000 women and children filled Sukru Saracoglu Stadium to watch Fenerbahce play against Manisapor in a Turkish League soccer match in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday, September 20. Turkey came up with a radical solution for tackling crowd violence at football matches: ban the men and let only women and children in.

Women And Children Only May Watch Soccer Games

Under new rules approved by Turkey’s football association, 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. Fenerbahce was ordered to play two home matches without any spectators after its fans invaded the pitch during a friendly match against Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk.

The football world hadn’t seen anything quite like it before.

On Tuesday night the Turkish giants of Fenerbahce took on Manisaspor in Istanbul in what should have been an empty stadium.
Instead as many as 43,000 women and children took advantage of free tickets to fill the stands with songs, banners and passion every bit as intense as their male compatriots.

Never Happened Before In Turkish Soccer

From CNN:

“This atmosphere was one of the kind and historic in the sense of Turkish football as well as international football,” Fenerbahce’s vice-president Ali Koc told CNN’s Pedro Pinto.

Tuesday night’s match was going to be another night of shame for Turkish football, until the TFF allowed children under 12 and an accompanying adult to attend 24 hours before kick off. By the next morning thousands of women in Fenerbahce shirts lined up for tickets and images were beamed across the globe of what was surely the highest female attendance at a men’s match in world football. It was a good news story for Fenerbahce just when Turkish football needed it.

“We’re disappointed we couldn’t send the ladies home with a victory.”

You can watch the beginnings of the Polymbicas:


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John O.
John O'Brien5 years ago

Hi Everyone. This may be a way to teach people,ahem men not to be violent. But why do people get violent? It is because they are angry. Remember Los Angeles in 1992 after the Rodney King verdict? Also this may be a be a laugh for women at men's expense ,but after what Anders Brevick did in Norway last July, Just one angry man may just carry out a simalar gun attack against women in these circumstances, as described above regarding the Fenerbahce match. So be warned. John

Kate Kenner
Kate Kenner5 years ago

In reality most, although not all violence is done by men. This is not sexist, this is fact. Who has started at least most of the wars in history and present? Who commits most of the violence in the world? Men go crazy at sports events too often. I don't know if this is a good idea or not. What I do know is that men need to stop being so violent. I know many nice men so I am not saying all men are violent but in terms of sports they at times go berserk and in life it is the male species who usually rapes, kills, abuses animals, commits domestic violence. The rest of us pay for that, women and nonviolent men alike.

Leigh E.
Leigh EVERETT5 years ago

This solution is only valid for the countries where there are fewer women interested in football. Places like England, Scotland and Germany where football is a way of life sees just as much football violence caused by women as by the men, sorry Bethany O but women aren't so innocent when it comes down to it, you see the men don't blame women for their violence in these countries as the women help them out and quite frankly from what I've seen they are even more vicious that the men, it's sad.

Christine Stewart

I hope the women and children had fun, but I think the actual sexist part is that it was felt to be a PUNISHMENT to the team that their game was only to be attended by women and children...

Megan S.
Megan S.5 years ago

It seems awfully sexist and unfair to responsible and mature men. They should have a right to spectate games, too.
Maybe have an occasional game where it's all women and children?
Also, how do they make money when the tickets are free...?

Patrick F.
Patrick f.5 years ago

The "males" that start the riots are not men but childish little boys who went there with the intention of starting trouble. This just happened in Vancouver during the Stanley Cup Riot, they came prepared to riot and loot.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.5 years ago

Bethany O. I am not miffed, just pointing out the hypocrisy and double standard that women invoke as they are just bashing all men. How would you like to see a sign of any business that said " No women allowed"?

Patrick F.
Patrick f.5 years ago

Trudi G. YES, scanned photo ID and cameras to identify the culprits, just like they do in some bars and night clubs....or maybe they should ban men from them too, huh?

Bethany O.
Bethany Ogdon5 years ago

@Patrick F: most of us are pretty familiar with that old trick of the guy blaming the gal for his bad behavior. Little kids are also fond of shifting blame ("he did it, mommy!!") when they get reprimanded. Can't blame you for feeling a little miffed over this turn of events, though. Oh well, you'll get over it!

Bethany O.
Bethany Ogdon5 years ago

I LOVE it!!! There are even better videos on YouTube about this... from different news programs. This one is from an international news program - an interview with someone associated with the Turkish football club: Sounds like they preferred playing for tens of thousands of "joyous" women and children. How do you like that?