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FIFA Suspends Pakistan Football Federation, Cites ‘Third-Party Interference’

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World football governing body FIFA on Wednesday announced the suspension of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) “on account of undue third-party interference”

The Zurich-based FIFA decision to ban Pakistani FA is because its offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator, which constitutes a violation of their obligation to manage its affairs independently, and without influence from third parties in accordance with FIFA rules.

A statement on FIFA’s website read: “FIFA has decided to suspend the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council dated 10 October 2017 on account of undue third-party interference.

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“The Bureau 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.”

Following its suspension, the PFF has lost all its membership rights as defined in Article 13 of the FIFA Statutes and bars the country’s national and club teams from competing in international competition with immediate effect.

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