The visit of Fenerbahce football club President to Cyprus caused a crisis


Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen (25.06.15) under the front-page title: “immodest”, reports on the illegal visit to the occupied area of Cyprus of the president of the Turkish Fenerbahce football club and writes that his contacts in the “TRNC” have caused a crisis.

According to the paper, Yildirim who had an appointment to meet with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci with the precondition that he would also meet with the chairman of the self-styled Turkish Cypriot football federation (“KTFF”) Hasan Sertoglu, has been postponed by Akinci, since Yildirim didn’t go to the appointment with Sertoglu and neglected to inform him. Yildirim met only with the chairman of the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) Mehmet Ali Talat.

Issuing a written statement after the above developments and after meeting with Yildirim, Talat condemned Yildirim’s stance and said that this do not comply with seriousness. “The fact that the Turkish officials who are coming from Turkey do not respect and take into consideration the Turkish Cypriot organizations and do not show the necessary care to their ties with these organizations, is an unacceptable situation. The incident occurred with the chairman of the KTFF is a great misbehavior”, Talat said.

Commenting also on the issue, Sertoglu in a separate statement described Yildirim’s stance as a great immodesty and explained that in spite of the fact that they arranged an appointment in order to meet with the chairman of Fenerbahce, he did not come to the meeting. Sertoglu said that his stance by Yildirim is a great disrespect to both the Turkish Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriot organizations. He also thanked Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci for the sensitivity he has shown on the issue. Sertoglu thanked also Talat for his stance adding that Talat was deceived.

A reaction over Yildirim’s misbehavior was also expressed by the “Turkish Cypriot Football players association”. Issuing a written statement, the “association” described Yildirim’s stance as disrespecting and inappropriate.

Meanwhile, the paper writes that Yildirim is allegedly visiting the “TRNC” in order to undertake efforts to buy a bank and a “university” in the “TRNC”. According to the paper, it was made known that Yildirim visited yesterday the “Central Bank headquarters” with the aim to lift the “bureaucratic obstacles” and a regulation that exists in the “TRNC”, which prevents the Turkish clubs to establish “banks” and “universities” in the “country”.

Moreover, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (25.06.15) invoking reliable sources reports that Yildirim has visited the “TRNC” with the aim to establish a bank under the name (FB) or to buy the bank called Deniz Bank which belongs to Kani and Erhan Kanioglulari.



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