FIFA suspends Pakistan Football Federation over 'third-party interference'

FIFA suspends Pakistan Football Federation over 'third-party interference'

Football's world governing body FIFA has suspended Pakistan after rejecting the running of the country's football federation by a court-appointed administrator.

FIFA has made a decision to suspend the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) on account of undue third-party interference, the world football governing body announced on Wednesday. The suspension has been ordered relating to the "third party" interference in the management of the national body.

The decision to suspend Pakistan's membership was taken by the bureau of the FIFA Council and was implemented immediately. This adheres to the violation of FIFA mandates which order a particular federation to manage its affairs on its own and no third party interference is allowed.

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 global competitions until the suspension is lifted, the media release stated.

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).

The suspension will be lifted once the PFF offices and access to the PFF accounts are returned to the PFF.

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"FIFA had sent Pakistan a very clear message".

The men's national team has not played a game since 2015, which has seen it slump to an all-time FIFA ranking of 200 and there is no professional football league.

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

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.

The already sinking ship of Pakistani football seems far from being rescued.

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