It so happens that the stadium where Besiktas football club plays its home games (and Iron Maiden had a concert last Friday!) is under construction this year.
It so happens that the management of the club has struck a deal with the neighbouring Kasimpasa football club to use the latter’s grounds for the upcoming season.
Kasimpasa happens to be the neighbourhood where Turkey’s prime minister Erdogan grew up.
The name of their stadium happens to be ‘Recep Tayyip Erdogan Stadium’.
Besiktas fans, in particular their well known and widely respected fan group Carsi, happen to have been at the forefront of the Gezi Park protests against Erdogan’s government this summer.
And as they apply for season tickets in their temporary grounds, these fans are made to sign a contract, which happens to include the following clause:
“I hereby accept that I will not shout slogans that may incite social, political or ideological incidents or insult any individual, group or party and that if I do the club will reserve the right to revoke my season ticket, and I will not be able to challenge the decision or demand reimbursement and I will be responsible for the losses the club may incur in the process.”
I say… get ready for some very witty and creative protests from Carsi this year!
For Turkish: http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/spor/futbol/24422407.asp
- Turkey Protests Uniting Fans Of Istanbul’s 3 Rival Soccer Teams (washington.cbslocal.com)
- Istanbul soccer fans united by anti-govt protests (nbcsports.msnbc.com)