Turkish PM leaves stadium opening after protests

Erdogan left the stadium before the match when he was protested by a group of Galatasaray fans.

Turkish PM leaves stadium opening after protests

World Bulletin / News Desk

Galatasaray's new home stadium Turk Telekom Arena on Saturday opened doors at a grand opening with concerts and a friendly match between Galatasaray and Ajax of the Netherlands.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was also there to watch the first half of the friendly match. However, he left the stadium before the match when he was protested by a group of Galatasaray fans. Ministers, chairmen of the federation and clubs left the stadium together with Erdogan. Erdogan, who was said to make a speech, also cancelled his speech.

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Galatasaray's new stadium was able to be built after PM Erdogan stepped in by ordering it finished and after years of failure to conclude the project, it was completed by the work of thousands of people.

Galatasaray Chairman Adnan Polat said, "I apologize. Those, who are responsible for this, will be punished, after the incidents.

Erdogan is known to be fan of Fenerbahce, Galatasaray's rival.

The match ended scoreless.

The Arena, which unlike many stadiums rests on a hill, has a capacity to hold 52,467 spectators. It is 190m in width and 228m in length. The arena which was sponsored by Turkey's only fixed line operator Turk Telekom, has a huge parking lot for 4,500 vehicles and a subway connection.

The arena will not just host Galatasaray's games but also other events like concerts and shows.

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