GALATASARAY FANS DENIED BULGARIAN VISAS
August 18, 2001, Saturday // 00:00
At least 400 fans of Galatasaray will not have a chance to cheer up their favorite team during the return game with Levski in Sofia, that will be played on Wednesday at the `Georgi Asparouhov` stadium. The reason is that the fans want to arrange their trip to Bulgaria not through `Travel Club`, the official agency of the Turkish team, but through other tourist companies. Two days ago the officers of the Bulgarian consulate in Istanbul all of a sudden set a really weird requirement - a visa will be issued against a ticket for the match provided by Galatasaray only. The team has 1,400 tickets supplied by Levski. Thus, Bulgaria shuts the door to all fans who bought a ticket on his own, told `Standart` yesterday Azmi Mutlu, owner of Turkish tourist agency `Polyana Travel`. Along with two other firms, `Decont Travel` and `Detour`, Azmi Mutlu was planning to bring to Bulgaria 400 fans of Galatasaray. The condition `visa-against-ticket` has come like a bolt from the blue.
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