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article imageTurkish football fans arrested in protests against E-tickets

By Daryl Hammond     Apr 21, 2014 in Sports
Fourteen Turkish football supporters were arrested during protests against a new ticketing system where fans personal details may be exposed.
Fans of Galatasaray, Fernabache and Besiktas took to the streets of Istanbul in protest of new electronic ticketing system implemented by the Turkish Football Federation.
However the police were forced to use fire hoses and tear gas to subdue the 700-strong protesters, as the demonstrations quickly descended into more than just a peaceful march.
They are the very reason many are adverse to the cards. Supporters fear the cards allow the police to to access intimate details such as bank details and other sensitive information.
The initiative, which will replace paper tickets, is designed to reduce hooliganism by identifying trouble-makers using the cards they swiped in with.
Those opposed to the ticketing scheme are choosing to boycott matches, whilst others did the very opposite. Some fans were able to bypass the e-ticket systems and use other types of cards, even bus passes to swipe into matches.
No new initiative is without its teething problems, but Turkish FA may have to reconsider, should fans continue to riot outside of stadiums but in the streets.
Turkish football is somewhat infamous for its outlandish, often violent approach to issues in football. An Istanbul derby between Besiktas and Galatasaray ended in violence, whilst one fan was stabbed in a derby match.
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