Turkish barber offers free shaves to favorite soccer team
YOZGAT – Anadolu Agency
DHA photoA barber in central Turkey has come up with a novel way of inspiring his local football team by offering free shaves until the end of the season for this weekend’s winning goal scorer.
Battal Mavili is a fan of Yozgatspor 1959, an amateur side vying for a top spot in one of the regional groups in Turkey’s fifth tier. This weekend they take on rivals Kırıkkalespor from a neighboring province.
“This game is as important for us as the Super Lig derby Fenerbahce versus Galatasaray,” he said. “I hope Yozgatspor will be victorious in this encounter.
“Yozgatspor leads the group by one point. I will offer free shaves till the end of the season to the player who scores the winning goal in the game.”
Both teams could be promoted to the lowest level of Turkey’s professional leagues if they top their division at the end of the season.
Mavili, who describes himself as a “fanatic football fan,” said Yozgatspor had been dominant this year.
Fellow Yozgat tradesman - Uğur Çelik, a butcher - promised to sacrifice an animal if Yozgatspor beat Kırıkkalespor.
“We will do our best to support our team and what I can do is to sacrifice an animal,” he said.