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FIFA suspends PFF due to 'undue third-party interference'

FIFA suspends PFF due to 'undue third-party interference'
April 7, 2021

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Wednesday suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect due to 'undue third-party interference'.

According to a letter written by the FIFA on Wednesday, the situation was prompted by the recent hostile takeover of the PFF headquarters in Lahore by Ashfaq Group 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.

The letter warned 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.

"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," it added.