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Federal govt contemplates on legal aspects following FIFA’s ban

LAHORE – Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Thursday presided over a meeting in Islamabad to contemplate on legal aspects of FIFA’s action against Pakistan Football Federation.

Participants were informed that FIFA had slapped ban following scuffle between two groups of PFF. Furthermore, audit wasn’t carried despite warnings from supreme body of football.

Federal minister directed to devise a comprehensive strategy to save interests of players and all those associated with the game.

FIFA, on October-10, suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council dated 10 October 2017 on account of undue third-party interference.

“The Bureau took this decision as a result of the fact that the PFF offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator, which constitutes a violation of the PFF obligations to manage its affairs independently and without influence from any third parties in accordance with the FIFA Statutes,” FIFA stated in a press release on Wednesday.

The suspension will be lifted once the PFF offices and access to the PFF accounts are returned to the PFF.

Following its suspension, the PFF loses all its membership rights as defined in art. 13 of the FIFA Statutes. The PFF representative and club teams are no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.

This also means that neither the PFF nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any development programmes, courses or training from FIFA or the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Moreover, other member associations may not entertain sporting contact with the PFF during its suspension.

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