FIFA suspends Pakistan from international football

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The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Wednesday said that it has decided to suspend the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect because 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, 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,” the FIFA said.

The suspension will be lifted once PFF takes charge of its affairs independently.

As a result of suspension, the PFF has lost all its membership rights as defined in article 13 of the FIFA Statutes.

Meanwhile, the PFF representative and club teams are also no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.

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).

It should be noted that Pakistan, 200th of 211 teams in the world rankings, have not played a full international since a goalless draw with Yemen in a World Cup qualifier in March 2015.

The team have also never qualified for the World Cup.