Barcelona Sports Club’s Former President Laporta: “Turkish Cypriot youth should have the right to compete in the international arena”
Spain’s Barcelona Sports Club’s Former President and Spain’s Autonomous Region Catalonia’s former MP Joan Laporta stated that Turkish Cypriot youth should have the right to compete in international arena. Meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Economy, Tourism, Culture and Sports, Serdar Denktaş and the President of the Cyprus Turkish Football Federation, Hasan Sertoğlu, Laporta said that it was difficult to understand the isolations imposed on the Turkish Cypriots in the field of sports and added that a great injustice is done to the Turkish Cypriot youth .
Stating that he supports the process started between the Cyprus Football Federation and the Cyprus Turkish Football Federation, Laporta said “FIFA considers itself obliged to helping this country for so long. This is the main reason for starting this process.”
Underlining that it is possible for the TRNC teams to play football match with Catalonia teams, Laporta said that Cyprus Turkish Football Federation and Catalonia Football Federation should meet and make the necessary arrangements to make this possible.
Laporta also added that TRNC and Catalonia which struggles for independence from Spain should not be subjected to different measures than Scotland.