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FIFA suspends Pakistan Football Federation for 'Third-Party Interference'

13 October 2017, 10:48 | Melissa Porter

FIFA bans Pakistan Football Federation over 'undue 3rd-party interference'

Pakistan Football Federation suspended by FIFA over 'third party interference'

The Federation had violated FIFA norms by giving the control of the offices and accounts to a national High Court-appointed administration.

FIFA suspended Pakistan from global soccer on Wednesday because of government interference after disputed national federation elections. The FIFA council agreed their decision on 10th October. They claim the suspension comes due to "undue third-party interference".

In a big blow to Pakistani football, FIFA has issued a suspension order to the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect. Furthermore, audit wasn't carried despite warnings from supreme body of football. The PFF teams will no longer be entitled to compete in elite competitions until the ban is lifted.

"It's a sad day for Pakistan soccer, but I think government is not realizing the gravity of the problem", Pakistan soccer federation president Faisal Saleh Hayat told The Associated Press.

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 suspension of Pakistan's membership rules out PFF and its associate clubs getting any benefits from any of FIFA or the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) facilities or development and training programmes, with the federation losing all of its membership rights.

A FIFA spokesman had said that the Members' Association Committee had decided that "if the PFF offices and access to the PFF accounts weren't returned to the PFF Ieadership - Ied by Mr Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat - by 31 JuIy it would recommend to the FIFA Council to suspend the PFF for contravening its obligations under articles 14 & 19 of the FIFA Statutes".

"FIFA had sent Pakistan a very clear message".

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.

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