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Smoking ‘child’ at Turkish football match is actually 36-year-old MAN

Smoking ‘child’ at Turkish football match is actually 36-year-old MAN

Revealed: Smoking ‘child’ at Turkish football match is actually a 36-year-old MAN who has amazed the world with his ‘Benjamin Button’ appearance (and he’s sitting next to his son)

  • The youthful looking fan brazenly puffed on a cigarette on Sunday in Turkey
  • The broadcaster panned to the fan during Bursaspor’s 2-1 win over Fenerbahce
  • After an initial social media storm it turns out the Bursa local was a 36-year-old
  • And the little chap beside him is actually his son, rather than one of his peers 

By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline

Published: 11:42 EDT, 10 September 2019 | Updated: 03:36 EDT, 11 September 2019

After footage of a youthful Turkish football fan smoking a cigarette went viral, local media have since revealed he is a 36-year-old man.

The spectator dragged on a cigarette as he watched Bursaspor’s 2-1 win over Fenerbahce at the Timsah Arena in Bursa on Sunday.

People watching the broadcast seized upon it as a moral calamity as he was was shown relaxing on his char while puffing away next to a child.

But it has since turned out he is well into his 30s and the youngster beside him was actually his son, rather than a school peer. 

The youthful spectator dragged on a cigarette as he watched Bursaspor’s 2-1 win over Fenerbahce at the Timsah Arena in Bursa on Sunday

Although the footage turned out to be more innocuous than first feared, the man was in breach of Turkish smoking regulations which stipulate £13 fines for smoking in public places. 

Despite the media attention, the smoker and his son were able to enjoy a victory during the exhibition match staged during the international break. 

Proceeds from the game were donated to charities for sick children, including those with leukaemia, Down’s syndrome and autism.

Donning a green Bursaspor scarf and shirt, he was completely unfazed while inhaling from his cigarette

It turned out the fan was actually a 36-year-old man and the child beside him was his son

Bursaspor are currently sitting fourth in the TFF First League, the second division, after three matches.

Meanwhile Fenerbahce are second in the Super Lig, the top division. 

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