Tuesday, September 27, 2011
After too many ugly episodes of crowd violence, one of Turkey's soccer teams banned men from the spectator stands. At a recent match, over forty-thousand women and children -- not a single man among them -- packed the stands. Mothers dressed babies in the team colors. Women chanted the team's anthems. Instead of hurling insults, the spectators cheered the players. The visiting team got a round of appreciative applause instead of bottles thrown at their heads. Afterward, the players tossed flowers, instead of curses, at the fans. Said the awed team captain, "This memory will stay with me forever."
Posted by Tai at 3:31 PM