Turkey bans men from unruly soccer stadiums

AP

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is trying a new approach in curbing crowd violence at soccer games — kick out all the men but let women and children attend for free.

Under new rules approved by Turkey's soccer association, only women and children under 12 will be admitted to games involving teams sanctioned for unruly fan behavior.

Fenerbahce handed out about 27,000 free tickets to women and children for Tuesday's game against Manisaspor in Istanbul.

In July, Fenerbahce was ordered to play two home games without spectators after its fans stormed the field during an exhibition game against Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk.

The federation changed its rules this week to allow women and children at the games.

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