Soccer on Cyprus Divided Too

The Cyprus Football Association (CFA)  is still trying to sort out details of a deal that Turkish Cypriot football clubs reportedly unanimously in Zurich that could see the reunification of football on the island.

Forty-two clubs approved the deal, with the chairman of the Turkish Cypriot association saying it was only the beginning, the Cyprus Mail said. “There is a long way to go,” Hasan Sertoglu said.

But CFA officials said they weren’t sure that the Turkish Cypriots had approved the deal, further adding to the confusion. Turkish clubs playing on the side of the island unlawfully occupied by Turkey since a 1974 invasion want to have the right to play elsewhere and get European recognition.

It was suggested that instead of approving the deal, the Turkish Cypriot clubs authorized Sertoglu to try and change the provisions of the agreement. Reports said the CFA will not agree to any amendments.

The landmark agreement would see the Cyprus Turkish FA become a member of the CFA as an association in accordance with CFA rules.

The CFA will continue being a member of FIFA and UEFA. It will also remain the governing body responsible for organizing, servicing and administering football in Cyprus as well as any international football activities in the country.

Both parties agreed on the setting up of a steering committee to work towards implementing the agreement, the Mail said.