World Bulletin / News Desk
The president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Dervis Eroglu, has slammed the move made by the Cyprus Turkish Football Federation (KTFF) to unite with the Greek Cypriot Football Association (KOP).
Last month, the head of the KTFF Hasan Sertoglu signed a deal with his Greek Cypriot counterpart under the supervision of UEFA and FIFA officials. The deal brought the KTFF under the KOP umbrella, which would lift the isolation of Turkish Cypriot football clubs and players, allowing them to play in official UEFA and FIFA competitions.
Since the TRNC is not recognized by anyone besides Turkey, the country has been under international embargoes since the 1974 Turkish Peace Operation in response to a coup by the Greek Cypriot far-right militant group EOKA ousted the constitutional government, of which Turkey was a guarantor, resulted in the division of the island to separate warring native Turkish and Greek Cypriots.
Eroglu described the agreement as a ‘wrong step,’ reiterating that even in the scope of gaining UEFA approval, the move was a mistake, as ‘the support will go to KOP and not the KTFF.’
Due to embargoes, the TRNC national team has only been able to play in non-official international tournaments like the FIFI Wild Cup against other non-official or unrecognized teams like Greenland and Iraqi Kurdistan. League teams have not been able to host any official matches with foreign clubs on its soil, nor have they been able to participate in official matches abroad.Last Mod: 30 Kasım 2013, 11:22