FIFA Suspends Pakistan From International Football With Immediate Effect

Pakistan Football Federation banned by FIFA with immediate effect

Pakistan Football Federation banned by FIFA with immediate effect

He said through illegal means, with extensive use of state machinery and street power, under the umbrella of Maryam, Hamza and the then Sports Board Punjab Director General Usman Anwer evicted the PFF staff from their offices brutally and occupied the PFF headquarters.

FIFA has suspended Pakistan from worldwide football because of what the global soccer body described as undue third-party interference in the country's football federation (PFF).

The step taken by FIFA will hurt no less than 70,000 footballers who have already been facing the brunt of the years-long conflict that has not only stifled their football careers but also their economic growth.

The decision was taken by the Bureau of FIFA's ruling Council as the PFF's offices in Karachi are still in the control of a "court-appointed administrator".

The federation has been in turmoil ever since the election of Faisal Saleh Hayat as its president in 2015 amid allegations of vote-rigging.

As a result of the suspension, the PFF loses all its membership rights and any affiliated teams-including club teams-are barred from participating in worldwide competitions until the ban ends.

In the meantime, Pakistan's national team and clubs are banned from global competitions, the PFF is excluded from FIFA development programmes, its officials are unable to take part in any courses run by FIFA or the Asian Football Confederation and no other FIFA member can "entertain sporting contact" with Pakistan. It also noted that per FIFA statutes, no other member association will be permitted to form sporting contacts with PFF throughout its suspension. After a few days, an extra-ordinary congress was convened by the parallel body in Islamabad which suspended the PFF chief Faisal Saleh Hayat and terminated the services of the PFF secretary Col Ahmed Yar Lodhi.

Football has come to a standstill in the country since, with the Lahore High Court (LHC) having declared the election conducted by Hayat's faction as null and void after the PFF broke into two factions in the aforementioned dispute while appointing an administrator - retired Justice Asad Munir - to manage its affairs till the case was resolved. But it doesn't really solve the problems in the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF). "Interestingly, the salary of the administrator is being drawn from the PFF account containing the funds provided by FIFA and AFC only for the development of football", he added.

Faisal lamented that millions of football players and fans have lost their dreams due to this ban on Pakistan football. "The credit of depriving Pakistani youth of worldwide football activities goes to Sharif family, which has nothing to do with football but they just wanted to occupy it for personal gains", he added.

According to Federation Internationale de Football Association records, Pakistan, 200th of 211 teams in the world rankings, have not yet played a full worldwide since a 0-0 draw with Yemen in a World Cup qualifier in March 2015. "We are FIFA's recognised body but the government interfered in our affairs and did not let us work".

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