The international football body, FIFA, lifted the suspension imposed on Pakistan Football Federation with immediate effect on Tuesday and restored all of PFF’s membership rights.
FIFA banned PFF in October 2017 due to the power struggle and legal battle since 2015 elections, which was won by Faisal Saleh Hayat, but the result was challenged in Lahore High Court who appointed an administrator to foresee PFF’s affairs.
FIFA does not allow political interference in regional federations’ affairs, thus they imposed the ban the on PFF last year.
However, the court has now validated 2015 elections and the global football body has been communicated that the verdict has been implemented which resulted in the lifting of the suspension.
“The suspension of the PFF is lifted with immediate effect. This means that all of PFF’s membership rights have been reinstated, as defined in art. 13 of the FIFA Statutes, with immediate effect. Consequently, PFF’s representative and club teams are again entitled to take part in international competitions,” says FIFA.
“PFF’s members and officials may benefit from development programmes, courses and training from FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Finally, FIFA member associations may again enter into sporting contact with PFF and/or its teams,” an excerpt from a FIFA-issued statement reads.