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A reported ban on the national flags of Turkey and Turkish Cyprus during the Oct. 25 Europa League clash between AEL Limassol and the Yellow Canaries in Greek Cyprus has created a row within the Istanbul football giant, Fenerbahçe. While reports claimed yesterday that the club had forced its fans to sign a waiver agreeing to not unfurl Turkish or Turkish Cypriot flags for fear of provoking an incident, Fenerbahçe denied it and said fans and the team were obliged to obey UEFA fair-play rules.

The move for the match was reportedly carried out in order to avoid possible unwanted incidents that could result in a subsequent match between the two clubs in Istanbul being played behind closed doors.

The game, which will be played Oct. 25, has been placed in the risky matches category, said a statement released by Fenerbahçe on its website. 

AEL Limassol, meanwhile, is not banning its supporters from bringing Greek or Greek Cypriot flags into the match.

Some 300 police officers will reportedly be deployed at the stadium during the match as part of security measures.

October/21/2012

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DutchTurk JANICAR

10/22/2012 5:00:28 PM

If the Greeks won't show up with flags of Greece and South Cyprus, than the Turks won't show up with flags of Turkey and North Cyprus. Since that is not likely, we will see Turkish, Greek, North Cyprus and South Cyprus flags at the stadium of Limasol. ALL FLAG BAN OR NO FLAG BAN !!! SO LIMASOL OFFICIALS, CHOOSE ONE, ONE THAT WON'T LET YOU HAVE A 2ND NIGHTMARE.

kerem atan

10/22/2012 4:00:37 PM

so the turkish flag provokes greek cypriots? this is a ridiculous ban.if greek fans come to turkey they shouldnt be allowed to hold the greek flags either.it will be a disgrace for fenerbahce if there wont be any turkish flag in the stadium.anyways lets hope fanatical ael fans wont set off explosives like they do in every game nor stir up a trouble. for greek readers unfurling a turkish flag is equal to fanaticism.think they should look back on the incidents of greek cypriot teams first.

mara mcglothin

10/22/2012 3:33:18 PM

I woulI would think that the best course is to allow flags of all kinds JUST take the sticks off of them. You can see these thin sticks hitting players, referees and other fans in the head and face all of the time. Also, wave what you like, BUT if you start anything, then you will be banned from stadiums for any games for the rest of your lives, So before you participate in any kindof obnoxious behavior, you better think twice. Boorish football behavior must stop. Grow Up!

Recep Ozel

10/22/2012 3:18:10 PM

Where is UEFA in all of this??

Rimon Tree

10/22/2012 2:51:05 PM

This is crazy! A national flag is the symbol under which a country is united since Middle Ages! I remember the Football WM in Vienna. The Viennese are not extremely fond of their Turkish co-citizens, but when Turkey won (forgot against whom) and they went through the streets celebrating covered with Turkish flags, there was suddenly a certain sparkling of solidarity and the Viennese all stood thumb-up to signal congratulations, though Austria herself has dropped out at an early stage. Amazing!

Nikos T.

10/22/2012 2:23:41 PM

There is no "peacefull" football fun. I recall what happened in the Fener - PAOK Thessaloniki game in Istanbul two years ago. In fact Galata funs where supporting PAOK Thessaloniki. We got the ticket to next step in UEFA championship due to a goal by a Croatian player, if I am not mistaken...

Faruk Beisser

10/22/2012 9:58:14 AM

UEFA has no rule forbidding flags and does not have a risky category! Is this part of the foul play of Gülen and Erbakan AKP, that FB has succumbed to, stirring hatred?

Peter Kypros

10/22/2012 4:19:22 AM

It makes more sense to carry the flags and colors of the teams. In the GC media there is only mention of prohibiting flags of the unrecognized occupied part of Cyprus and allowing Turkish flags representing the country of the team. This make sense if the GCs are going to hold the flag of Cyprus too. I think whatever it takes to keep the game away from politics and fanatics should be implemented.

Diren Sesel

10/22/2012 1:54:35 AM

At least Fener tried to maintain peace, i guess.

Thessalonian

10/22/2012 1:09:22 AM

Why the flag ban? I can't see any wrong doing in people bringing their national flags. This is what flags are made for after all. Regards
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