Cyprus Mail

Sports body to meet over football chief’s Turkey controversy

Koutsokoumnis seated second from left

The Cyprus Sports Organisation (KOA) will hold a special meeting on Friday to discuss the controversy sparked by football association chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis who took part in a friendly match in Istanbul wearing a shirt bearing the Turkish flag.

He was also censured for agreeing to take part in meeting in a country that did not recognise the Republic of Cyprus.

The match was played during the regional meeting of football associations that took place in Istanbul on Saturday, hosted by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF).

According to the TFF, the meeting was attended by the associations of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Slovenia.

In a statement on Tuesday, KOA, the island’s highest sports authority, said it will be discussing the matter during a board meeting set for Friday.

Koutsokoumnis’ action was condemned by football clubs, supporters, and political parties.

The government issued a statement stressing that sensitivities must be respected under the current circumstances.

Despite having nothing to do with political decisions of the government or political activities in general, but those of an independent sports organisation “the government believes the actions of any federation or clubs or their representatives, must not disregard Greek Cypriot sensitivities, based on the current state of affairs; especially when they represent Cyprus abroad.”



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