FIFA Suspends Pakistan From International Football With Immediate Effect

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Following the decision, Pakistani club teams are no longer entitled to take part in global competitions, a ban which FIFA said will be lifted once the PFF's offices and access to the accounts are returned to federation.

The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has been banned by FIFA with immediate effect due to "undue third-party interference", the UK's Independent reported on Thursday.

Football's world governing body FIFA has suspended Pakistan after rejecting the running of the country's football federation by a court-appointed administrator.

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He said FIFA's laws are very clear and they do not allow for any undue third-party interference. Furthermore, audit wasn't carried despite warnings from supreme body of football. The PFF representative and club teams are no longer entitled to take part in worldwide competitions until the suspension is lifted, the media release stated.

The Pakistan Football Federation was accused of vote-rigging when Faisal Saleh Hayat was appointed to lead the federation. In a statement sent to Reuters, Shahid Khokhar, an ally of Hayat, lay the blame for PFF's trouble at the feet of Muhammad Safdar, senior PML-N lawmaker and the son-in-law of recently ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Pakistan have never qualified for the World Cup.

Despite its size and the world's sixth largest nation by population, Pakistan is ranked 200th of FIFA's 211 member nations and the men's national team has not played a full worldwide since a 0-0 draw with Yemen in a World Cup qualifier in March 2015.

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The already sinking ship of Pakistani football seems far from being rescued.

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".

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