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Cyprus football unites in “milestone” deal

The Cyprus Turkish Football Association (CTFA) has become a member if the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) as both bodies’ presidents signed an agreement in Zurich today.

Under the arrangement, the CTFA becomes a member of the CFA as an association in accordance with the CFA’s statutes and regulations. Furthermore, the CFA will continue to be a member of FIFA and UEFA as well as the body responsible for organising, servicing and administering football in Cyprus and for all international football activities in the country.

CFA president Costakis Koutsokoumnis and his CTFA counterpart Hasan Sertoglu also agreed to set up a steering committee to work towards implementing the arrangement, with FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini confirming the deal as witnesses.

Blatter said: “Both the CFA and the CTFA are today providing the whole world with an excellent example of how football can build bridges and bring people together after a long period of conflict. I would like to thank both associations and UEFA for their outstanding contribution to this milestone arrangement.”