Red Card for Apoel Nicosia fans!

redcardATCA’s UK arm has again written to UEFA President Michel Platini complaining in the strongest possible terms about the racist and offensive leaflets that were distributed to Chelsea fans at the game on 30 September 2009. 

Cetin Ramadan, ATCA – UK Representative said:

“ATCA represents thousands of Turkish Cypriots worldwide and on their behalf we would like to see an additional disciplinary charge against Apoel Nicosia.  It seems to us that the measures to stop this happening were inadequate and could easily have been avoided.

We would like to thank UEFA for including the third charge against the Greek Cypriot football team, but now we hope to receive confirmation of the inclusion of a fourth charge arsing from the above mentioned activities.

We believe that racism of this magnitude represents a particularly vicious form of unreason and fear in the search for a UN sponsored political agreement in Cyprus, where we believe it is precisely the mission of UEFA to dispel any such future actions by Apoel Nicosia wishing to publicise their fascist motives within a UEFA sponsored football match and set an example of the importance of diversity at a European and global platform.”

ATCA, as part of a collective of over 60 Turkish Cypriot NGOs, had already written to the UEFA President Michel Platini about the huge xenophobic “Cyprus is Greek” slogans that had been hung around the length of the pitch and was shown on live TV around the world.  ATCA understands Apoel have now been charged with racism for these slogans – their third offence from the Chelsea game and their second related to racism.  The leaflet has been forwarded to UEFA as new evidence of racist conduct with ATCA urging UEFA to add a fourth charge against the Greek Cypriot club of racially insulting behaviour

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