A new stadium is unveiled for Turkish club Besiktas but fans, not invited to the opening ceremony, scuffle with police outside ahead of the opening match.
Erdogan opens new Besiktas stadium, police and supporters clash outside first match
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3
SHOWS: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (APRIL 10, 2016) (TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL POOL – ACCESS ALL)
1. TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, CUTTING RIBBON AT OPENING CEREMONY
2. VARIOUS OF ERDOGAN WALKING ON PITCH
3. ERDOGAN KICKING BALL
ISTANBUL, TURKEY (RECENT) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (BESIKTAS CLUB TV – ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)
4. AERIAL VIEW OF NEW STADIUM BY BOSPHORUS SHORE
ISTANBUL, TURKEY (APRIL 11, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
5. VARIOUS OF BESIKTAS FANS QUEUING
6. VARIOUS OF FANS WITH FLARES OUTSIDE FIRST MATCH IN STADIUM
7. VARIOUS OF SUPPORTERS CHANTING NEAR SECURITY PERSONNEL
8. VARIOUS OF WATER CANNON TARGETING FANS OUTSIDE STADIUM
STORY: Turkish police on Monday (April 11) fired water cannon into crowds of soccer fans arriving for the opening match at Istanbul side Besiktas’ new $100 million stadium.
Thousands of fans massed around the 42,000-seat Vodafone Arena, under construction for nearly three years, before a match between top-of-the-league Besiktas and mid-table Bursaspor.
It was not immediately clear why police dispersed the crowd, which included young children, media said.
Authorities had formed a security line around the arena and blocked all car traffic. Police appeared to react when crowds pushed towards the turnstiles, witnesses said.
Besiktas is looking to its new stadium, inaugurated on Sunday (April 10) by President Tayyip Erdogan, to put the club on a stronger footing financially and usher in a period of better fortunes for Turkish clubs.
Financial woes led last month to champions Galatasaray being banned from European competition for one year over its failure to meet Financial Fair Play regulations designed to limit losses.
Spending on high profile players and opaque ownership structures, exempting clubs from much of the oversight of commercial law, left the 18 teams in Turkey’s top league with 4.2 billion lira ($1.4 billion) debt.