Turkish Cypriot lawyers’ team breaking sports embargo

The Turkish Cypriot Bar Association met with the Limassol Bar Association during the European Lawyers Football Championship organised recently in Slovenia. “The game was perhaps the first game during which the teams of the two countries went out to the pitch and during an official tournament abroad and offered their flags to each other”, columnist for ‘Star Kibris’ Oguzhan Hasipoglu writes, adding that the Turkish Cypriot lawyers started participating in these tournaments thanks to a French lawyer named Vincent Pinatel, whom Hasipoglu met in Istanbul in 2006.

The journalist notes that these tournaments are not only a football game but panels on the law in sports are also held, and the changing of FIFA rules have been discussed. He also said that the issue has a social aspect, as, for example, the centre forward of the Hungarian team with which they played six years ago, is the Hungarian Prime Minister now.

Hazipolou argues that during their conversation with the lawyers from Limassol, they observed that they think that there is little likelihood for an agreement and a solution to the Cyprus problem, and said that if a solution is not reached within this year, each community should go its own way.

He also wrote: “I will say the following: 43 years passed since 1974. In both communities a new generation is coming. Our lawyer colleagues, who had complained about us 11 years ago, now came and congratulated us when we were rejoicing in the field with the TRNC flags and took a picture with us. They invited us to Limassol to play a friendly match. Some things are changing now on the island and it seems that the prejudices are collapsing”.

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