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Turkish fans united against electronic ticketing system

A new system requiring Turkish football fans to buy special cards and electronic tickets to watch games in the stadiums has been implemented amid criticism and protests from the supporter groups.

The card comes in three forms: credit card, debit card and pre-paid card. The card will include the identity information of the supporter on one side and his or her photograph on the other.

In exchange, the company is selling the cards for 25 Turkish Liras to the supporters of Galatasaray, Beţiktaţ, Fenerbahçe and Trabzonspor, and 15 liras to the fans of the other clubs. All of the clubs in the Spor Toto Super League and the PTT Division One, except Istanbul clubs Fenerbahçe and Kasýmpaţaspor, are included in the system and will receive a share of the income.

The clubs that do not apply the electronic ticketing system will be fined 100,000 liras for each game.

The new system is under fire not only for the extra costs it puts on football supporters, but also for the concerns over private data and its security. The company will have access to the supporters’ national identity data, bank accounts and other private data, and will share it with the police and Turkish Football Federation (TFF).

Fans from Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray put aside their differences to protest against a common enemy this weekend – the authorities who want to introduce an electronic ticketing system at Turkish league matches.

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