FIFA suspends Pakistan Football Federation with immediate effect due to third-party interference

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FIFA has suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) due to third-party interference and also the Chadian Football Association (FTFA) due to government interference, the global governing body of the sport said on Wednesday.

A group of football officials led by Ashfaq Hussain, who were elected by the Supreme Court in 2018 to run the PFF but were not recognised by FIFA, took over the headquarters recently and seized control from the FIFA Normalisation Committee headed by Haroon Malik.

FIFA in it's statement on Wednesday's said that its decision to suspend the PFF was prompted by the "hostile takeover" which constituted a serious violation of its statutes. Notably, Pakistan was suspended for a similar violation in 2017.

"The Bureau of the FIFA Council suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect due to third-party interference, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes.

"This situation was prompted by the recent hostile takeover of the PFF headquarters in Lahore by a group of protestors and an alleged decision by certain individuals to remove the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee of the PFF led by Haroon Malik and to hand over the leadership of the PFF to Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah.

"FIFA issued a letter warning that, should the illegitimate occupation of the PFF headquarters not be lifted and the office bearers recognised by FIFA not be permitted free access to the building to carry out their mandate, the matter would be immediately submitted to the Bureau of the Council for decision.

"As the situation remains unchanged, the Bureau of the Council has decided to suspend the PFF.

"This suspension will only be lifted once FIFA has received confirmation from the normalisation committee of the PFF that the PFF’s premises, accounts, administration and communication channels are again under its full control and it can continue to carry out its mandate without further hindrance," FIFA said in its statement pver the suspension of PFF.

Chadian Football Association (FTFA), on the other hand was suspended after government authorities and permanently withdrew the powers delegated to the FTFA. Also, the authorities formed a temporary national committee to manage football in the country.

"The Bureau of the FIFA Council decided to suspend the Chadian Football Association (FTFA) with immediate effect due to government interference.

"The suspension was prompted by the recent decisions of Chadian government authorities to permanently withdraw the powers delegated to the FTFA, establish a national committee for the temporary management of football and seize control of the FTFA’s premises.

"The suspension will be lifted once the relevant government decisions have been repealed and the FTFA and its management, led by President Moctar Mahamoud Hamid, have confirmed to FIFA that the FTFA premises are again under its control," read FIFA's statement over FTFA's suspension.