The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has decided to suspend the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect in accordance with the verdict of the Bureau of the FIFA Council on 10 October 2017 on account of undue third-party interference.
Why this decision?
The decision from Bureau of the FIFA council came in the light of the fact that the PFF offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator, which amounts to a violation of the PFF commitment to manage its affairs independently and without pressure from any third parties in accordance with the FIFA Statutes.
Only after the PFF gets all its offices and access to the accounts, FIFA will lift the suspension.
Impact of this decision
Following its decision to suspend the PFF, the Pakistan Football Federation loses all its membership rights as per FIFA Statutes.
The Pakistan Football Federation representative and club teams are no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.
This also implies that neither the Pakistan Football Federation nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any development agenda, courses or training from FIFA or the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
Moreover, other FIFA member associations shall not entertain sporting contact with the PFF during its suspension.
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904 and based in Zurich. It has 211 member associations and its goal, enshrined in its Statutes, is the constant improvement of football.