Istanbul, Atatürk Olympic Stadium

Football matches in Turkey will be played with public

Turkish Football Federation will allow stadiums to be filled up to 30% capacity from October. Fans must wear mask and keep safe distance.

Turkey will allow football matches to be played with a limited number of fans in stadiums once the new 2020-2021 season begins, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) announced on Tuesday, as long as fans adhere to certain safety measures against the coronavirus, including the use of a mask.

According to the announcement made by the TFF, from October the stadiums may be filled during the Turkish Super League matches with up to 30% of their maximum capacity, with all stands remaining open to spectators to facilitate the maintenance of the safety distance. Fans must wear a mask at all times, and their temperature will be taken before entering the venue.

The Turkish league was suspended last March due to the coronavirus pandemic and remained that way for more than 3 months until matches in the first and second divisions were resumed in early June, but without public attendance at the stadiums.

Even so, several players from big clubs such as Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe, Beşiktaş or Trabzonspor have tested positive for the virus; Galatasaray’s coach, Fatih Terim, and the club vice presidents Abdürrahim Albayrak and Yusuf Günay were also infected, although all three managed to recover from COVID-19.