Turkey: Football to the rescue in Soma?

source: StadiumDB.com; author: michał

Turkey: Football to the rescue in Soma? After the mining catastrophe Turkish football authorities decided to aid those most affected in several ways. Special funds will be transferred, while the Supercup game is going to be played in Manisa.


For those of you not aware: on Tuesday mine shaft collapsed in Soma after an explosion, while hundreds of miners were inside. Around 300 people were killed (at least 282), though the final toll isn’t clear yet.

The tragedy’s scale is unprecedented and so the Turkish football association TFF decided to lend a hand to families and those injured. One form will be relocating the Supercup game from Istanbul to Manisa, closest large city. All revenue will be donated to aid those affected and with Galatasaray and Fenerbahce playing, a sell-out crowd is almost certain. The game is scheduled for August 15 or 16.

In a separate effort TFF informed it will donate TRY 5 million in relief funds regardless of the match revenue. And finally, the national team of Turkey are to visit the region on Monday and help raise morale in the mourning community, showing support.

Manisa 19 Mayis StadiThe new venue for Turkey's Supercup isn't too large (thus limiting revenue), but the relocation is considered a tribute, not only financial aid.