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Officials vow to double security at Russia-Turkey football friendly

August 31, 17:10 UTC+3 ANKARA
he Antalya Arena seats 33,000, so among the fans in the stands, the 2,000 or so Russians permanently residing in Antalya may be attending the match
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ANKARA, August 30. /TASS/. The security office of the Turkish resort city of Antalya has promised to double down efforts to tighten security at the local stadium where the national football team will take on Russia’s squad in a friendly match on Wednesday evening, Antalya Arena’s spokesman told TASS.

"The authorities decided to tighten security in contrast to the standard precautions made at such events. By now, all roads leading to the stadium have been closed to traffic and security posts have been set up all around. Towards kick-off time, security will be doubled," the source said. "Reinforced police patrols will be placed at the entrances to the stadium and all spectators and their personal belongings will be searched."

As for how many fans will gather to watch the match, no confirmed information is available at this point.

"Tickets are still available and they are selling very well. When compared with the previous matches featuring national teams, it can be said that the stands will be filled to capacity," the stadium’s management said.

This means that a crowd of 30,000 or more may gather to see the game. The Antalya Arena seats 33,000, so among the fans in the stands, the 2,000 or so Russians permanently residing in Antalya may be attending the match.

The Turkish Football Federation said that all revenues from the match (telecasting rights and souvenir sales) will be transferred to the Fund for Solidarity with the Victims of the July 15 Government Coup Attempt.

Previously, Russia took the football field against Turkey winning both friendly matches - in Bursa in 1994 and in Moscow in 1998 - with the same score 1:0. The record of USSR - Turkey matches is longer and more impressive. The first one (and by the way, the team’s first-ever official game) was back in 1924, when the Soviet Union won by an impressive 3:0 shutout. In the following 13 matches with Turkey, the Soviet Union won eleven times and lost only twice.

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