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Sports body condemns football boss’ actions in Turkey

Koutsokoumnis seated second from left

Cyprus’ sports organisation (KOA) on Friday condemned the action of football association chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis to wear a shirt bearing the Turkish flag during a friendly match in Istanbul but did not ask for his resignation.

“The board considers the CFA chairman’s action … unacceptable and provocative to the feelings of Greek Cypriots and strongly condemns the said action,” KOA said, following a special meeting of its board.

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

KOA, the island’s highest sports authority, said it has decided to ask the CFA chairman for explanations and information regarding his actions at the meeting, since he represented the biggest sports federation in the country.

Koutsokoumnis’ action sparked outrage earlier this week after photos appeared on the Internet of him posing for a team snapshot wearing the star and crescent on his chest.

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.

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

Football clubs, organised supporters, and political parties had condemned his action and asked for his resignation.

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