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FIFA suspends Pakistani football after ‘hostile takeover’ | Football news

The players, coaches erupted group opponents took over the Pakistan Football Federation last month.

FIFA, the governing body of football, suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) due to third party interference.

A group of football officials, led by Ashfaq Hussain Shah, who was elected as PFF president in the 2018 election sanctioned by the Supreme Court but not recognized by FIFA, take over the head office last month and took control from the PFF Normalization Committee (NC) appointed by FIFA and led by Haroon Malik.

FIFA said its decision to suspend the PFF was prompted by a “hostile takeover”, which seriously violated its regulations.

“FIFA has issued a letter warning that, if the illegal seizure of the PFF headquarters is not lifted and those carrying a FIFA recognized office are not allowed to enter the building freely. issue will be immediately submitted to the Council for decision, ”said FIFA.

“As the situation remained unchanged, the Council Office decided to suspend the PFF.”

FIFA says the latest suspension will be lifted only after receiving confirmation from NC that the PFF facility, account, administration and communication channels are under FIFA’s full control.

“Following the suspension, the Normalization Committee could confirm that FIFA would take further action against individuals involved in hostile takeovers,” PFF NC said in a statement.

“Regrettably, due to a few actions, Pakistan’s entire football ecosystem – including the players, officials and coaches – has suffered precious time and resources that should have been. for the development of this sport. in Pakistan, has been wasted. “

Pakistan was also suspended by FIFA for third-party interference in 2017.

“It’s unfortunate for Pakistan that FIFA suspended the PFF, and some PFF stakeholders are responsible for that,” PFF NC head Malik told Reuters news agency. “I promise that the PFF suspension will end soon.”

‘Extremely unfair’

Hajra Khan, captain of the Pakistan women’s football team, said the incident was “shameful” and she was “disappointed”.

Khan told Al Jazeera: “This is the second time that FIFA has suspended Pakistan in five years. “I feel boring. Football is the most watched sport in the world, but its treatment in Pakistan is extremely unfair.

“Our facility is amazing, has a huge pool of talent. But it always faces disruption. The time has come for those in power to act to stop this political cycle. Our players just want to play and represent Pakistan on an international level.

Waleed Javed, coach of the Highlanders women’s team, said the impact of FIFA’s decision was “everyone can feel it – the coach, the referees and the players”.

“For many of us, it’s our only source of income,” Javed told Al Jazeera.

“If this is interrupted, how are we going to put the food on the table? People will lose their jobs. Football is a means of providing for many of us.

“The ban will affect the most young players in their developing stage. This will take away the opportunity to compete internationally for the next generation. The morale of the players is remarkable but this series of events has upset us all. The players cried when news of the takeover broke. “

Additional reporting by Hajira Maryam in Karachi, Pakistan



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