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Pakistan suspended from FIFA membership, cannot play in international competitions

The suspension 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

Pakistan suspended from FIFA membership, cannot play in international competitions

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The football governing body FIFA has suspended the membership of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect on account of “undue third party interference” in the governance of the PFF. The decision was taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council on Tuesday.

The Bureau reached its decision as PFF offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator. This is a violation of FIFA member’s obligations to manage its affairs independently and without influence from any third parties.

A high court-appointed body took over the control of PFF after an allegation of vote rigging were levelled against Faisal Saleh Hayat who was elected federation’s president in 2015.

Following the suspension, no Pakistani team—national or club—will be able to participate in any FIFA recognised competitions. Other members of the global body are also barred from making any sporting contact with PFF.

The suspension 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.

“The suspension will be lifted once the PFF offices and access to the PFF accounts are returned to the PFF,” a release by FIFA read.
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