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Football fans in Istanbul to go to first away game after 5-year break

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The first derby match after lifting ban will be played on Sept. 24 between Galatasaray and Beşiktaş in Beşiktaş’s newly built stadium, named the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul. (İhlas News Agency Photo) The first derby match after lifting ban will be played on Sept. 24 between Galatasaray and Beşiktaş in Beşiktaş’s newly built stadium, named the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul. (İhlas News Agency Photo)

Istanbul football fans will now be able to attend away games in derby matches, after a five year break, following the Istanbul Sport Security Committee's latest decision.

The first derby match to be attended by both sets of fans will be played next Saturday between Galatasaray FC and Beşiktaş in Beşiktaş's newly built stadium, named the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul.

The ban had been imposed five year ago due to increasing violence between football fans. Thousands of police had to be sent in and around stadiums on derby match days. The Governor enforced a ban on away fans attending derby matches as a means to end the violence.

Debates about lifting the ban had started after the July 15 coup attempt. Authorities argue that lifting the ban is necessary to increase unity after the deadly attempt.

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