“Women and children first” was the motto for celebrations around Fenerbahce’s Turkish Super Lig championship.
Adult males were not allowed inside Sukru Saracoglu Stadium due to previous troubles with violence and hostility, so there were 40,000 non-males having an unmistakably memorable and certainly unique party in Turkey.
I like to imagine plenty of male Fenerbahce supporters contemplating going to the match in drag against much of their manly nature. The club picked up the win it needed to clinch the top of the league without a single male fan in the joint.
And it came during a tumultuous time for the club, continuing to deal with match-fixing allegations and their repercussions.
“It’s really a very special moment in my life. It’s a great victory, not only for me but the whole club,” said Fenerbahce forward Dirk Kuyt, before referring to the match-fixing case hanging over the club: “We are experiencing truly special feelings after all the club went through.”
It was the first league title of the 33-year-old Holland striker’s career after spells with Liverpool and Dutch clubs Utrecht and Feyenoord.
Fenerbahce chairman Aziz Yildirim faces a probable return to prison after his appeal against a conviction for match-fixing was rejected by a top court this month.
It didn’t stop an absolutely nuts party outside the stadium. Click here for plenty of photographic evidence.