Fifa, soccer’s global governing body, has suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) from international soccer with immediate effect.
The decision was made by the bureau of the Fifa council on Tuesday this week on account of ‘undue third-party interference’ due to the fact that the PFF offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator.
According to Fifa, this is a breach of the Fifa statutes which dictate that the PFF must manage its affairs independently without any influence from third parties.
As a result of the suspension, the PFF has lost all of its membership rights defined in article 13 of the Fifa statutes, and all Pakistani teams will be barred from playing in international competition until the PFF offices and access to the PFF accounts are returned to the PFF.
Additionally, the PFF will no longer benefit from Fifa’s development and training programmes until the suspension is lifted, while other member associations have been told not to entertain contact with the PFF during the ban.
In an email to international news agency Reuters, a PFF spokesman said that the governing body was preparing a statement to explain ‘the background which led to this and also our views on the suspension’.