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The Youth and Sports Ministry is preparing a 10-article plan to combat violence and hooliganism in sports by reinforcing security during matches along with other new practices in Turkish football.
As the 2012-13 Spor Toto Super League season will come to an end after the four matches scheduled for Sunday have been played, preparations for the new season have already begun with the ministry planning new sanctions for combating violence in sports.
The ministry has drafted 10 articles that are going to be implemented by the next season. According to the plan, football fans will enter the stadiums with electronic tickets, which are sold via credit card only. Also, the number of security cameras placed in stadiums will be increased. The cost of the security cameras is about TL 60 million in total and will be met by football clubs. Fans who have been banned from attending matches will be obliged to sign papers at a police station to attest to the fact that they did not attend the match, and photos of those banned from attending matches will be hung at sport facilities. Another article in the plan is about lifting the ban on away fans from attending matches.
In addition, special security services will no longer serve at stadiums and only police forces will be on duty at stadiums. “Sport prosecutors” will be present at matches for monitoring and intervening when necessary. The practice of allowing only women and children to attend matches as punishment for misbehavior of the fans will be terminated. The National Police Department will set up a special unit to determine hooligans during matches. And according to the plan, the draft of a new law on the administration of football clubs will be presented to Parliament before the new season begins.
The issue of violence in sports came under the spotlight after 20-year-old Burak Yıldırım, a Fenerbahçe fan, was stabbed to death at the exit of the Edirnekapı metrobus stop in İstanbul on May 12 following a derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe. The man believed to have killed Yıldırım, Yusuf Ortak, was arrested last week and a life sentence is sought for him, an İstanbul prosecutor said in a indictment to be submitted to an İstanbul court on Monday.
The killing of Yıldırım and Ortak's arrest have brought the issue of violence in sports and measures against hooliganism onto the agenda. The Law to Prevent Violence and Disorder at Sporting Events prepared by the Youth and Sports Ministry came into force in 2011. The law is being much criticized for not being enough of a deterrent to prevent fans from bringing and using banned objects to sporting fields and chanting slogans containing insults.Last Mod: 22 Mayıs 2013, 10:26