Pakistan football team suspended by FIFA with immediate effect over 'third party interference'.  |  Photo Credit: AP
- FIFA has suspended the Pakistan Football Federation with immediate effect
- The decision was taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council after third-part interference in Pakistan Football Federation
- FIFA head earlier issues a warning to the Pakistan Football Federation
World football governing body FIFA on Wednesday suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect due to third-party interference. The third-party interference accounts for serious violations of the FIFA Statutes and guidelines. FIFA released a statement confirming the suspension of PFF.
"This situation was prompted by the recent hostile takeover of the PFF headquarters in Lahore by a group of protestors and an alleged decision by certain individuals to remove the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee of the PFF led by Haroon Malik and to hand over the leadership of the PFF to Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah," the statement read.
The decision was taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council after the recent takeover of the Pakistan Football Federation's headquarters by a group of protestors. FIFA had in a letter warned PPF that the illegal occupation of the building should be lifted and the office bearers recognised by the world body should be allowed to operate.
"FIFA issued a letter warning that, should the illegitimate occupation of the PFF headquarters not be lifted and the office bearers recognised by FIFA not be permitted free access to the building to carry out their mandate, the matter would be immediately submitted to the Bureau of the Council for decision," the statement added.
FIFA decided to hand suspension to PFF after the illegitimate occupation of the PFF headquarters was not lifted. The suspension will be lifted only once FIFA receives a confirmation from the normalisation committee that it had gain control of the premises, accounts, administration, and communication channels to carry out all the work without any hindrance.
Pakistan had earlier been suspended for six months by FIFA from October 2017 to March 2018 when a court-appointed administrator had taken over the PFF headquarters. FIFA had appointed the normalisation committee in September 2019 after a controversial election had left Pakistani football in disarray.