The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has asked for FIFA’s permission to establish a representative’s office in North Cyprus. In response, FIFA has contacted the Turkish Cypriot football federation (KTFF) to ask for its opinion before answering TFF.
Hasan Sertoglu, chairman of the KTFF, said yesterday that on Friday they received a letter signed by FIFA’s general secretary with the letters sent by TFF to FIFA attached.
On 2nd March 2015, TFF’s general secretary, Kadir Kardas sent a letter to FIFA saying that they want to establish representation in North Cyprus “in order to help the Turkish football players”.
FIFA did not reply to this request and on 6th March it sent a letter to KTFF, signed by FIFA’s general secretary Jerome Valcke, asking whether it had been informed about the issue and what was its opinion. In the letter, FIFA’s also asked if any progress had been made as regards KTFF’s discussions with the Cyprus Football Association (CFA or KOP).
Reacting to TFF’s letter, Sertoglu said that “we have never been so humiliated” since KTFF’s establishment in 1955 and strongly criticised the fact that TFF had sent a letter to FIFA on this issue without consulting his federation. He noted that they will write a letter to the TFF on this issue and recalled a statement made by TFF’s president Yildirim Demiroren, who during his recent visit to North Cyprus, had said that they could not hold contacts with the KTFF because FIFA did not recognise it.
Sertoglu said that they will discuss the issue and the developments with Jerome Champagne, adviser of the federation, who is expected in the TRNC this week. He noted that during the weekend they will visit Zurich and hold contacts to review their next steps.
When some journalists drew attention to the 45-day deadline which the KTFF had given for their problems to be solved before becoming members of the CFA (KOP), Sertoglu replied: “There is a general assembly decision on this issue and we have not abandoned our stance. If there is no positive development after the deadline ends, everyone will see what we will do”.
‘Yeni Duzen’ notes that Sertoglu strongly reacted to TFF’s letter and said that this move annihilates their existence. He added that if the TFF wants to open a representation office in North Cyprus it should sit and talk with the KTFF.
Sources Kibris Gazetesi, Yeni Duzen