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09-04-2018 15:12 | Read 302 times

GC attempt to stop TCs playing in tournament ‘shameful’

The head of the Cyprus Turkish Football Association (KTFF) has branded as “shameful” an attempt by a UK-based Greek Cypriot lobby group to prevent Turkish Cypriot footballers from playing at a top tournament in London.

GC attempt to stop TCs playing in tournament ‘shameful’

By Kerem Hasan

North Cyprus will compete at the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (Conifa) World Football Cup, which kicks off in the British capital on May 31, after qualifying for the tournament for teams that are not members of the sport’s official governing body, Fifa.

They are due to play three group stage matches at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium in the north London borough of Enfield, an area home to large numbers of both Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

On Wednesday the Greek Cypriot-run National Federation of Cypriots in the UK wrote a letter of complaint to Enfield Council chiefs, which it shared on social media, claiming that allowing the games to go ahead would be “insulting” to the “Cypriot community”.

The letter, signed by the group’s leader Christos Karaolis, expressed “extreme disappointment” that a “council-owned stadium” was to host “the football team self-described as ‘Northern Cyprus’”.

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