Turkish fans raised the bar at creativity and insulting rivals, as they put QR codes in use in recent rivalry game in İzmir, Turkey.
İzmir / NationalTurk – Karsıyaka and Göztepe are two fiercest rivals as far as rivalrys can be. The two sides from İzmir, Turkey’s 3rd biggest city and one of the most open-minded.
Turkish Soccer fans as QR Code Generators
Fans of two Turkish soccer teams show such intense rivalry that in the past when Karsiyaka face Göztepe there have been clashes with the police, fans have been arrested or wounded by knife or döner kebap blades, police officers have been wounded and matches halted for half an hour, if not cancelled.
QR Code As digital Insults in Turkey
At yesterdays game Karisyaka fans unfurled a QR Code banner which scanned as text designed to insult Göztepe fans as much as possible and at the same time avoid immediate confiscation by officials. The offending text is shown below.However either by Turkish medias recognization or by Turkish police awareness the ‘ digital ‘ insult didn’t go unnoticed and the fans and the club will face punishment and fines. The QR codes read insults in 8 different languages.