Pakistan Football Federation suspended by FIFA over 'third party interference'

"The suspension will be lifted once the PFF offices and access to the PFF accounts are returned to the PFF", added Federation Internationale de Football Association. The suspension has been ordered relating to the "third party" interference in the management of the national body.

FIFA has chose to suspend the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) on account of undue third-party interference, the world football governing body announced on Wednesday.

However, FIFA did reveal that the federation has a chance to lift the suspension.

In a statement, world football's governing body said it had suspended the PFF in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council dated Tuesday.

FIFA, in a statement, said that the suspension is due to the undue third-party interference in the country's football federation (PFF). The PFF teams will no longer be entitled to compete in elite competitions until the ban is lifted.

The election of politician Faisal Saleh Hayat as PFF president two years ago and subsequent allegations of vote-rigging meant football has effectively ground to a halt in the traditionally cricket-orientated country.

The suspension imposed by the Bureau of the FIFA Council means no Pakistani teams can take part in worldwide competitions - though none have for more than three seasons. The Pakistani football officials including referees would face the axe as they would no longer be able to take part in any of the FIFA or AFC events. Pakistan have never qualified for the World Cup.

A FIFA spokesman had said that the Members' Association Committee had decided that "if the PFF offices and access to the PFF accounts weren't returned to the PFF Ieadership - Ied by Mr Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat - by 31 JuIy it would recommend to the FIFA Council to suspend the PFF for contravening its obligations under articles 14 & 19 of the FIFA Statutes".

"They might be ranked 200 in the world, and mightn't have played a full global for two-and-a-half years, but we all know how unsafe Pakistan can be at world events", Messi said.

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