Violence, corruption and protests
5 March ~ All season fans in Turkey have been boycotting the controversial Passolig e-ticket system, which involves them sharing their details with the authorities and private companies to enter football stadiums. The result has been a decline in attendances, which has compounded a host of other problems and given rise to a feeling that the Turkish game is a now in crisis. Recently one of Turkish football’s biggest sponsors, Ulker, withdrew their support, citing low crowds, violence and poor atmosphere at matches. Meanwhile there are accusations of corruption among the authorities, complaints of police brutality towards fans, decrepit stadiums and high ticket prices. Patrick Keddie has looked at the situation for Middle East Eye and questioned if football in Turkey is about to collapse – and whether that would be a bad thing.