posted on Sep, 7 2003 @ 07:56 AM
The Football Association are seeking an urgent clarification from the Turkish football federation after reports claimed they are prepared to sell
tickets to England fans for next month's Euro 2004 qualifier.
The FA repeated their determination not to take up their ticket allocation for the high-risk game, which will decide the outcome of the group.
However, Haluk Ulusoy, the president of the Turkish federation, was on Sunday quoted as effectively inviting England fans to travel to Istanbul for
the match on October 11.
He reportedly told the News of the World: "Even if the English FA are not going to sell tickets and not going to bring fans over to Istanbul, we will
do it for them.
"If there are fans who want to watch this game, they can come and get tickets from us. We will sell as many tickets to them as they want - 1,000,
2,000 or even 3,000.
"We can also give VIP seats out if they want them."
Given that many England fans will have read this article and it may spur more to travel in the hope of picking up a ticket, the FA are keen to check
whether the position of the Turkish FA has changed that radically.
FA head of media Adrian Bevington said: "We will be discussing this with the Turkish federation over the next 24 hours to establish what their view is
with regard to this article.