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Political cronyism hits crowds in Turkey

Attendances at top league games in Turkey have more than halved since last season because of Passolig, which requires anyone buying a ticket to do so with a credit card issued by a bank with close links to President Erdogan.

Either in protest or through unwillingness to surrender personal data to obtain the card, many fans have stopped going to matches.  Crowds at Fenerbahce, which has the highest attendances in the league, have dropped from an average of 42,000 in 2012-13 to about 15,000 this season.

Can clubs diversify?

One response to having problems in your core business is to diversify into some more promising line of activity.  For example, a farmer may decide he can make more from his farm by turning it into a golf course rather than using the land for animal husbandry or crops.

Match fixing scandal in Turkey

Turkey is the latest country to be hit by a match fixing scandal.   A series of raids were carried out by police after a court jailed the chairman of Fenerbache, pending trial.   However, Fenerbache, which was founded more than a century ago, has escaped the immediate threat of relegation.