Pakistan football team has been suspended by FIFA over 'third party interference' after an administrator took charge of PFF following allegations of vote-rigging.
FIFA Bans Pakistan From Any International Competitions
The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has been banned by FIFA with immediate effect due to "undue third-party interference", the UK’s Independent reported on Thursday.
According to FIFA, the PFF's national and club teams are not entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.
The Independent reported that the election of Faisal Saleh Hayat as the federation's president in 2015 and subsequent allegations of vote-rigging effectively led to a stoppage in the running of the sport in Pakistan.
However, in a bid to fix the issue, a high court-appointed administrator took over the running of the PFF - but that move came in violation of FIFA statutes regarding political interference.
FIFA said in a statement: "The Bureau [of the FIFA Council] took this decision as a result of the fact that the PFF offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator, which constitutes a violation of the PFF obligations to manage its affairs independently and without influence from any third parties in accordance with the FIFA Statutes."
"The suspension will be lifted once the PFF offices and access to the PFF accounts are returned to the PFF," FIFA said.
The ban also means that none of the PFF's members or officials can benefit from development grants or training courses from FIFA or the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).