Pakistan Football Federation Gets Suspended by FIFA For Violating Rules


In a press release posted on its official website, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said the decision to suspend PFF was taken on October 10 by the Bureau of the FIFA Council. The ban has been imposed because of how the sport is run in Pakistan which FIFA believes involves third-part interference which is against the rules of the worldwide football body.

"FIFA or AFC won't accept any team and Faisal's group wasn't allowed by authorities here to carry out football activities, hence no worldwide games for Pakistan in last two years", said a source.

Pakistan has been suspended from worldwide football because of what global soccer body FIFA described as undue third-party interference in the country's football federation (PFF).

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 had sent Pakistan a very clear message". 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. Pakistan now sits on an all-time low of 200th rank in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings and this suspension is going to make things worse for the team.

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The row between the two organisations has plunged Pakistani football into chaos and ended up in the legal courts.

In July this year, FIFA gave a final ultimatum to authorities in Pakistan for handing over football affairs to elected-president PFF Faisal Saleh Hayat or face suspension.

As a result of the suspension, the PFF loses all its membership rights and any affiliated teams-including club teams-are barred from participating in worldwide competitions until the ban ends.

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. However, PFF swiftly acted and a High Court committee ordered an official appointed by them to take over the reigns from Saleh. "So, it is unclear what PFF is supposed to do now", a source said.