A meeting was held today at UEFA Headquarters, chaired by UEFA Chief Executive,
A meeting was held today at UEFA Headquarters, chaired by UEFA Chief Executive, Gerhard Aigner, between representatives of the Turkish Football Association, the English FA and UEFA to discuss preparations for the UEFA EURO 2004 qualifier to be played between the two countries on 11th October. The results of the meeting included:
1. Intensified co-operation between the Turkish and English football and security authorities in the build-up to the game
2. A commitment from all sides to work for a peaceful and enjoyable football match
3. Agreement that no tickets will be made available to supporters of the English team
4. A major security exercise will be put in place to maintain order, involving the police forces of both countries; and
5. Joint initiatives will be taken to promote the positive co-operation between the two countries and the values of fair play, respect and anti-racism.
It was also confirmed that the match will be played at the Fenerbahçe stadium in Istanbul.
Commenting on the meeting, Gerhard Aigner, UEFA Chief Executive, said:
"This has been a very fruitful meeting. We have heard in some detail the preparations that are underway and together we have agreed the next steps that will be taken. The importance of the game is recognised by all concerned and the spirit of co-operation is very good. UEFA will continue to monitor developments and provide assistance and advice where it is needed."
The head of the Turkish delegation, Mr Selami Özedemir, Turkish FA Board member responsible for national teams, said:
"We have had a very constructive and helpful meeting. We have outlined a range of steps we are taking to safeguard safety and security at this game and we will increase our co-operation with the English authorities. Today has been important in bringing us together - we all want this match to be a celebration of football with a focus on the game itself."
Geoff Thompson, Chairman of the FA, and head of the English delegation, said:
"It has been significant and useful to meet together today. This is a vital match for both countries and for European football and we are working together to ensure the right approach to the game. It is essential for the England team that we get this right. The best way for the fans to support our team for this match is not to travel to Turkey and enjoy the game on television."
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