The Pakistan Football Federation is likely to be suspended again

The Pakistan Football Federation

The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) is once again in danger of being suspended 

FIFA, the world governing body for football, has signaled the suspension of the federation if the PFF's recognized body is not restored.

On Saturday night, the Syed Ashfaq Hussain group seized the PFF Lahore headquarters, causing officials, employees and staff to vacate the offices.

As a result of this action, the normalization committee appointed by FIFA announced the immediate cancellation of the 2021 National Women's Football Championship.

The International Governing Body of Football has taken stern notice of this illegal act and warned to suspend the membership of the Pakistan Football Federation.


Pakistan Football Federation

FIFA, in a letter to PFF normalization committee chairman Haroon Malik, made it clear that if the illegal occupants did not follow these instructions, the matter would be immediately referred to the Bureau of Council for decision-making. Which may suspend membership of the PFF in light of paragraph 1 of Article 16 of the FIFA Act.


FIFA said it was aware of the unfortunate incident at the PFF headquarters in Lahore, where protesters in support of the Syed Ashfaq Hussain group stormed the headquarters, after which officials and employees of the federation were stormed. Had to be emptied.


Global governing of football

The World Football Governing Body condemned the incident and called it "unacceptable" and said that all parties concerned, especially those who stormed the PFF building, wanted to remind the PFF normalization committee of the Bureau of Council. It was set up after the decision and was later approved by FIFA. It is headed by your people and is the only recognized executive body of the PFF by FIFA.


He said that in view of these facts, FIFA believes that the illegal occupation of PFF headquarters as well as the decision to take the lead from the normalization committee appointed by FIFA was tantamount to interfering in the affairs of the federation. It will also violate paragraph 1 and article 19 of Article 14 of the FIFA rules.


FIFA said that as a result of the suspension of the federation, the Pakistan Football Federation would immediately lose all membership rights enshrined in Article 13 of the FIFA Rules and would remain suspended until the national team of the PFF Or any club team will lose the right to participate in any international competition while the PFF and its members will lose the right to benefit from FIFA's financial / development programs.


Pakistan football crisis for a long time

It may be recalled that in view of the ongoing crisis in Pakistan football for many years, in September 2019, FIFA had appointed a normalization committee in Pakistan.

As a result of this appointment, the tenure of Faiz Faisal Saleh Hayat as the President of PFF had come to an end in 2003 and the Ashfaq Group had handed over the powers of the Federation to a body headed by Hamza Khan.


Hamza Khan resigned from the post in December last year after Haroon Malik took over the reins of the normalization commission, but the Ashfaq group, which demanded early elections, took over the headquarters, saying the normalization committee had its own. Failed to fulfill the mandate.


After taking control of the headquarters, Ashfaq Hussain had said that he was not afraid of FIFA and the threat of a global ban on the Pakistan Football Federation could not stand in the way of his unwavering commitment.


After the Punjab Football Association held controversial elections in April 2015, the Pakistan Football Federation split into two factions before the presidential election.


Both factions wanted to hold the election under their supervision. However, the Lahore High Court intervened and issued a restraining order on the election. However, a group supporting Faisal Saleh Hayat held the election under the supervision of AFC officials. Has appointed an administrator to run PFF affairs.


In October 2017, upon the appointment of an administrator by the Lahore High Court to run the affairs of the Pakistan Football Federation, FIFA suspended its membership for six months, calling it a political interference.


The membership of the PFF was restored after the powers of the federation were again transferred to Faisal Saleh Hayat.