FIFA suspends PFF due to third-party interference


FIFA has suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with the immediate effect in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council dated 10 October 2017 due to third-party influence in the operations, FIFA announced via a press release.

“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, 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’s official press release read.

The chaos started in 2015 elections, which Faysal Saleh Hayat’s faction won for the fourth time. However, the rival group challenged the outcome of the elections and called it rigged. The matter was then forwarded to Lahore High Court, who appointed an administrator to look after the matter and hold fresh elections.

Pakistan football team has not played a single international fixture since March 2015, which has resulted in Pakistan’s continuous decline in the FIFA ranking and now they are ranked at 200th spot.

FIFA has stated that the suspension on PFF will be lifted once the football federation of the country gets control of their offices and accounts.

PFF has also lost all the perks that member countries get from the global football body.

“Following its suspension, the PFF loses all its membership rights as defined in art. 13 of the FIFA Statutes. The PFF representative and club teams are no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted,” it read.

“This also means that neither the PFF nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any development programmes, courses or training from FIFA or the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Moreover, and in accordance with art. 16 par. 3 of the FIFA Statutes, other member associations may not entertain sporting contact with the PFF during its suspension, the press release further highlighted.