By Peter Stevenson
CHAIRMAN of the Cyprus Turkish Football Association (CTFA), Hasan Sertoglu will honour the arrangement which he co-signed in Zurich earlier this week that could see the re-unification of football on the island.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Sertoglu said he did not oppose the CTFA becoming a member of the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) but that certain changes needed to be made to the arrangement.
The CFA and the CTFA signed a landmark agreement in Zurich on Tuesday which would see the CTFA become a member of the CFA as an association in accordance with CFA statutes and regulations.
The CFA will continue being a member of FIFA and UEFA. It will also remain the governing body responsible for organising, 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.
Sertoglu told reporters that what he signed was a draft on which changes would be made and once it was completed, he would give it to the clubs to approve at a general assembly.
Asked why he signed the arrangement, Sertoglu reminded reporters that he had stated before he left for Zurich that he would sign it so he could bring it back to Cyprus as the responsibility falls on the clubs to approve it.
The CTFA chairman added that even FIFA president Sepp Blatter had said during the meeting in Switzerland that there were certain gaps which needed filling in the arrangement and that both associations had ‘homework’ to do.
Sertoglu will meet with the CTFA’s 42 clubs next week and inform Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu of events in Zurich.
CFA chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis earlier this week had said the arrangement was not up for negotiation, following reports in the Turkish Cypriot press that Sertoglu was apparently unhappy at the terms.
Commenting on the CTFA chairman’s statements, Koutsokoumnis said that Sertoglu was well aware of what he was signing.
“If Sertoglu disagrees with the document, he should raise his disagreements with us and with FIFA and UEFA,” he said.