FIFA Suspends Pakistan From International Football With Immediate Effect

Pat Wise
October 12, 2017

There seem to be more questions than answers.

Then-PFF president Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat was accused of embezzlement by the second faction, which had the backing of an influential figure in the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.

The suspension will be lifted once the PFF regains access to its offices and accounts. The suspension has been ordered relating to the "third party" interference in the management of the national body.

"FIFA or AFC won't accept any team and Faisal's group wasn't allowed by authorities here to carry out football activities, hence no worldwide games for Pakistan in last two years", said a source.

Faisal Saleh Hayat
Faisal Saleh Hayat

Citing undue third party interference in the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) affairs, FIFA said in a press release that Pakistan's membership would remain suspended until the federation's "offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator".

Pakistan have never reached the World Cup finals. Pakistan's football federation (PFF) has been engulfed in chaos and split into two warring factions following a tussle for the presidency in 2015. But the Federation Internationale de Football Association has given the faction headed by Saleh Faisal Hayat the mandate to revise statutes and hold fresh elections in two years time. "Pakistan's football is in a hard situation as there is no chairman or head of PFF". The PFF teams will no longer be entitled to compete in elite competitions until the ban is lifted.

In the meantime, Pakistan's national team and clubs are banned from worldwide 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.

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. "So, it is unclear what PFF is supposed to do now", a source said.

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