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KTFF to take legal action against Fifa

TRNC football chiefs are planning to report Fifa to an international sports court for preventing overseas teams from playing friendly matches with Turkish Cypriot clubs.

KTFF to take legal action against Fifa


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The announcement was made by Hasan Sertoğlu, head of the Cyprus Turkish Football Association (KTFF), who said he plans to take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“Our objective is to take the matter to the CAS because Fifa has previously supported friendly football matches being played with Turkish Cypriot teams,” Mr Sertoğlu said.

“We, as the KTFF, are also a party that signed a landmark agreement with KOP [the Greek Cypriot-run Cyprus FA] – as two football authorities on the island – in the presence of the then Fifa head Sepp Blatter and [then] Uefa president Michel Platini in Zurich [in 2013].”

“However the agreement [to unify the football authorities in Cyprus] could not be taken forward, because of excuses made by the Greek Cypriot side, which made it impossible to implement, despite our goodwill.”

Mr Sertoğlu said that Greek Cypriot football officials were in a “major panic” over his potential CAS move.

“This shows that we are on the right track,” he said, dismissing claims made by KOP boss George Koumas that the KTFF cannot apply to the CAS because it is “not an internationally recognised” football body.

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