England may not take up tickets for return tie

LONDON: The FA said on Friday they were considering not taking up England’s ticket allocation for October’s Euro 2004 return against Turkey in Istanbul in a bid to prevent crowd trouble. 

More than 100 England fans were arrested before and after England’s 2-0 win over the Turks in Sunderland on Wednesday. 

There was also ill feeling on the pitch, with racist chanting and unpleasant exchanges between players and staff at full time, including a scuffle in the tunnel. 

With a history of bad blood between English and Turkish fans, highlighted by the murder of two Leeds fans in Istanbul three years ago, the game in the same city on Oct 11 is likely to be highly explosive. 

Many media observers have suggested that England do not take up their ticket allocation for the match. – Reuters  

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