By Kerem Hasan
TRNC officials showed the “red card” to a historic football game between Turkish and Greek Cypriot teams, refusing to attend when it was held in South Cyprus rather than the buffer zone because the island’s UN peacekeeping force said it could not provide security — allegedly after being asked to host the tie at the 11th hour.
Amid conflicting claims, Tuesday’s friendly between the TRNC’s Mağusa Türk Gücü and the South’s Nea Salamina, the first such encounter in decades, was contested on a pitch in the Greek Cypriot-controlled part of the border village of Pile, provoking outrage in the North — but also claims that the Turkish Cypriots had scored an “own goal”.
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