Federal govt contemplates on legal aspects following FIFA's ban

Cheryl Sanders
October 14, 2017

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. "We are consulting the stake-holders to evolve future strategy after FIFA's decision", Shah said.

The Bureau reached its decision as PFF offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator.

The suspension will be lifted once the PFF offices and access to the PFF accounts are returned to the PFF. Acting Secretary of PFF, Syed Farasat Ali Shah, told Reuters the football body will hold fresh elections once the court's proceedings are over.

The federation has been in turmoil ever since the election of Faisal Saleh Hayat as its president in 2015 amid allegations of vote-rigging.

He said FIFA's laws are very clear and they do not allow for any undue third-party interference. In a statement sent to Reuters, Shahid Khokhar, an ally of Hayat, lay the blame for PFF's trouble at the feet of Muhammad Safdar, senior PML-N lawmaker and the son-in-law of recently ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He said government would ensure that the common footballers should not suffer from the situation that has emerged in wake of tussle between the two rival groups of football and the imposition of ban by FIFA.

With PFF now suspended, FIFA's mandate to Faisal Saleh Hayyat expired and court-appointed administrator not being recognized, one wonders what the roadmap would be for PFF towards reinstatement and normalization. As defined in article 13 of the FIFA Statutes.

In the meantime, Pakistan's national team and clubs are banned from global competitions, the PFF is excluded from FIFA development programmes, its officials are unable to take part in any courses run by FIFA or the Asian Football Confederation and no other FIFA member can "entertain sporting contact" with Pakistan. Moreover, other member associations may not entertain sporting contact with the PFF during its suspension.

"Usually FIFA would appoint a normalization committee, but that's not the case here".

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