A joint statement has been made by The Association of Turkish Cypriots Abroad (ATCA’s) TRNC Representative Kerem Hasan and ATCA’s UK Representative Mehmet Hüseyin condemning the efforts of a Greek Cypriot Administration initiative to prevent the TRNC National Football Team from participating in the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) 2018 Paddy Power World Cup, set to take place in London.
The statement added that the Cyprus Turkish Football Association had been informed of the Greek Cypriot side’s efforts and that letters explaining that there were two peoples in Cyprus and that the NFC did not represent the Turkish Cypriots were sent to officials at the Enfield Council.
The letters also underlined the need not to mix politics with sports.
Stating that the stadium belonging to Enfield Council had been privately rented by CONIFA and that no agreement had been signed between Enfield Council and the TRNC National Team, the ATCA statement said that Enfield Council had not set any conditions outlining which teams could and could not play at the stadium.
It added that CONIFA would also have to compensate the TRNC National Team and other teams if barred from the competition.
The statement concluded by stating that thousands of Turkish Cypriots would be demonstrating if such a move was taken by the Enfield council.