The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has been banned by FIFA with immediate effect due to “undue third-party interference”.
The PFF’s national and club teams are not entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted, the world governing body said on Wednesday.
The election of Faisal Saleh Hayat as the federation’s president in 2015 and subsequent allegations of vote-rigging effectively led to a stoppage in the running of the sport in Pakistan.
In a bid to fix the issue, a high court-appointed administrator took over running of the PFF – but that move came in violation of Fifa statutes regarding political interference.
“The Bureau [of the Fifa Council] took this decision as a result of the fact that the PFF offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator, which 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,” Fifa said in a statement.
Further to its teams being banned from playing, the suspension means none of the PFF’s members or officials can benefit from development grants or training courses from Fifa or the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
The ban comes as a further blow to Pakistani football. The men’s national team has not played a game since 2015, resulting in an all-time low world ranking of 200 and there is no professional league in the country.
Source: News agencies