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FIFA suspends Pakistan Football Federation over 'third-party interference'

FIFA suspends Pakistan Football Federation over 'third-party interference'

In a statement, world football's governing body said it had suspended the PFF in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council dated Tuesday.

In a big blow to Pakistani football, FIFA has issued a suspension order to the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect. Both the factions were claiming that they were right, but look what happened in the end, it is the country which suffered due to ban and also the soccer players who have already been striving to earn something for them and the country. The Federation had violated FIFA norms by giving the control of the offices and accounts to a national High Court-appointed administration. Acting Secretary of PFF, Syed Farasat Ali Shah, told Reuters the football body will hold fresh elections once the court's proceedings are over.

The suspension imposed by the Bureau of the FIFA Council means no Pakistani teams can take part in global competitions - though none have for more than three seasons.

The suspension should also bar Hayat from duty at the Asian Football Confederation. In a statement sent to Reuters, Shahid Khokhar, an ally of Hayat, lay the blame for PFF's trouble at the feet of Muhammad Safdar, senior PML-N lawmaker and the son-in-law of recently ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. However, PFF swiftly acted and a High Court committee ordered an official appointed by them to take over the reigns from Saleh.




Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Thursday presided over a meeting in Islamabad to contemplate on legal aspects of FIFA's action against Pakistan Football Federation.

The Bureau reached its decision as PFF offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator.

The Pakistan men's national team hasn't played an worldwide game for the past 2 years and this move is going to affect their world rankings further. Federation Internationale de Football Association only recognise Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat-led body, but like witnessed in the past, the minister always remained busy in saving the blushes of his blue-eyed persons, rather than paying heed to resolve this all important issue.


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