Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Federation Internationale de Football Association suspends Pakistan for third-party interference

Pakistan Football Federation banned by FIFA with immediate effect Pakistan Football Federation banned by FIFA with immediate effect
Sammy Stanley | 12 October, 2017, 03:45

Pakistan has been kicked out of worldwide football until further notice because of what FIFA described as "undue third-party interference" in the country's federation (PFF).

Pakistan has never qualified for the World Cup.

World football's governing body said the suspension will be lifted as soon as soon as access to the accounts and offices is returned to the PFF, plagued with governance issues in recent years under current President Faisal Saleh Hayat.

The FIFA Council bureau said that control of the PFF affairs by a court-appointed administrator "constitutes a violation of the PFF obligations to manage its affairs independently and without influence from any third parties in accordance with the FIFA Statutes".

He said FIFA's laws are very clear and they do not allow for any undue third-party interference.

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"FIFA or AFC won't accept any team and Faisal's group wasn't allowed by authorities here to carry out football activities, hence no global games for Pakistan in last two years", said a source.

FIFA had warned they were considering suspending the PFF back in July if the National Federation was not handed back its headquarters and accounts amid an ongoing dispute with a rival body in the country, led by Arshad Lodhi.

The Pakistan Football Federation was accused of vote-rigging when Faisal Saleh Hayat was appointed to lead the federation. Pakistan's football federation (PFF) has been engulfed in chaos and split into two warring factions following a tussle for the presidency in 2015. "Pakistan's football is in a hard situation as there is no chairman or head of PFF". Faisal Saleh Hayat is reportedly going to appear in the Lahore High Court and request the court to reappoint him for the top post which can give Federation Internationale de Football Association a chance to rethink their decision.

The suspension also means the PFF will lose its FIFA membership rights and will not benefit from any development programs, courses or training from FIFA or the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The PFF teams will no longer be entitled to compete in elite competitions until the ban is lifted.

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