Barcelona FC requests female cabin crew in attempt to keep male autograph hunters at bay

by Ella FAIRCHILD on September 19, 2012

Barcelona FC’s football stars have requested all-female cabin crews on their flights to away fixtures in the UEFA Champions League in an apparent attempt to avoid male autograph hunters.

The Catalonian team, which will do battle with Spartak Moscow in an opening Champions League clash in Russia this evening, reportedly made its request to its official airline partner Turkish Airlines after becoming disgruntled by male flight attendants demanding autographs for friends and family. Additional complaints made to Turkish Airlines included staff discussing games with players and asking for for shirts.

According to Hurriyet, Turkey’s daily newspaper, the carrier has now agreed that it will provide handpicked cabin crew teams made up of only female flights attendants for every flight the club has arranged. This is because women are far less likely to become starstruck by attending to the likes of reigning world player of the year Lionel Messi and recent Euro 2012 winners Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Turkish Airlines has been Barcelona FC’s official airline since 2010 and paid a sum exceeding £6 million for having the privilege of transporting some of world’s  highest paid football stars to away games. The airline – currently operating services to over 160 international destinations and 41 domestic destinations around Turkey – also sponsors Manchester United. Sources have suggested that news of Barcelona’s all-female cabin crew request may also be welcomed by the likes of of Wayne Rooney and veteran winger Ryan Giggs.

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