The Turkish Cypriot Football Federation, in a move which was supported by the present Turkish Cypriot government and the president, pushed aside a fundamental “equality of the two peoples of the island” demand, surrendered to the Greek Cypriots and accepted to become a subordinate of the Greek Cypriot-hijacked Cyprus Football Federation (KOP).
At the time there was a conservative president. The government was a coalition of two conservative parties. The president was against it and the government was against it but the leftist opposition was fully supportive of the opportunist moves of the football federation – which indeed was blackmail to get a donation worth an additional few hundred thousand Turkish Liras from Turkey. The file was built on a legitimate issue.