The Turkish Cypriot Football Association (KTFF) today approved of standardising its charter with that of the world football governing body FIFA.
Reports said 40 out of 42 clubs took part in the KTFF’s assembly, with 38 voting in favour of the changes.
“A trip has started for the future of football, youth, and the country,” KTFF president Hasan Sertoglu was quoted as saying by CNA.
In February, Sertoglu issued an ultimatum that if nothing was done to alleviate the problems of Turkish Cypriot football within 45 days, he would apply for his federation to join the CFA.
In a letter to FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, copied to CFA chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis, Sertoglu informed the football’s governing body of the KTFF’s intention to harmonise its charter so that it can apply for membership.
Not recognised internationally, the KTFF went against the authorities in the North in this instance because Turkish Cypriot football clubs receive no transfer fees for players signed by Turkish clubs – their only chance to play professional football.
Sertoglu wanted to solve this problem by holding talks with Koutsokoumnis, which culminated in an agreement to incorporate the KTFF into the island’s only recognised professional football association – a move which was backed by FIFA.