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


FIFA has suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect as a result of "undue third-party interference". Furthermore, audit wasn't carried despite warnings from supreme body of football.

The administrator in question was appointed by Lahore High Court in July 2015, following the controversial PFF elections earlier that year, which saw Faisal Saleh Hayat re-elected as president of PFF for the third time.

FIFA suspended Pakistan from global soccer on Wednesday because of government interference after disputed national federation elections.

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

In an exclusive interview with The Dependent the Barcelona star said that Argentina's chances of winning the 2018 World Cup have significantly increased now that Pakistan, who didn't even play the qualifiers for next year's tournament, won't be standing in their way.

"FIFA had sent Pakistan a very clear message". He said government would ensure that the common footballers should not suffer from the situation that has emerged in wake of tussle between the two rival groups of football and the imposition of ban by FIFA. "FIFA recognizes Faisal Saleh Hayat as head of PFF and if the government doesn't stop intervening I think it will be a long suspension".

Following its suspension, the PFF loses all its membership rights as defined in art. 13 of the FIFA Statutes.

Following the suspension, no Pakistani team-national or club-will be able to participate in any Federation Internationale de Football Association recognised competitions.

The ban also means that none of the PFF's members or officials can benefit from development grants or training courses from FIFA or the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

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.

"Usually FIFA would appoint a normalization committee, but that's not the case here".