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Thread #63590   Message #1033591
Posted By: Arnie
11-Oct-03 - 05:50 AM
Thread Name: BS: Turkey v England in Istanbul
Subject: BS: Turkey v England in Istanbul
I hear that England 'fans' are already being rounded up by the Turkish police ahead of tonight's match in Istanbul. Seems like a sensible precaution and I can't see why any true fans would travel out there given the events of two years ago when 2 Leeds fans were stabbed to death. The Turks have this unfortunate reputation in the UK press following those tragic events but my wife and I were in Istanbul in April this year and found the Turks to be really friendly - got on really well with a restaurant owner who insisted in driving us around the city. Anyway, although friendly the Turks are fiercely patriotic and do not take kindly to English yobboes insulting their flag and their founder Kemal Ataturk, which was was happened when Leeds were last in town. No doubt there would be more of the same tonight if any England fans manage to get to the match...the footie is almost incidental but as Owen and Ferdinand are not playing the Turks must be in with a good chance. The stadium will be a seething cauldron of chanting Turkish supporters with plenty of 'Welcome to Hell' banners and flares going off..let's hope for a good clean match.....