Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Pakistan banned from world football until government returns PFF offices and accounts

Pakistan banned from world football until government returns PFF offices and accounts

FIFA, on October-10, suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council dated 10 October 2017 on account of undue third-party interference.

"The Bureau took this decision as a result of the fact that the PFF offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator".

The election of politician Faisal Saleh Hayat as PFF president two years ago and subsequent allegations of vote-rigging meant football has effectively ground to a halt in the traditionally cricket-orientated country.

The Pakistan soccer federation's "offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator", FIFA said. The PFF representative and club teams are no longer entitled to take part in worldwide competitions until the suspension is lifted.

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. Finally, other associations are unable to make "sporting contact" with the PFF.

In addition, members and officials from the Pakistani organisation won't have access to development grants or training courses issued by FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

He said that consultation with footballers all over Pakistan is going on and the future programme of Pakistan football will be announced today (Thursday) in a press conference to be held in Islamabad at a local hotel at 2pm. 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.

"It's a big loss for us today as none of our players, coaches or referees now could travel overseas until we are suspended", Hayat said. But the move backfired as FIFA norms clearly state that no third party political body can control the National Football Federation of a country.

"The trophy tour would have been a big boost to Pakistan's image worldwide, but now even that tour is in danger. Otherwise, our football will suffer".

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