FIFA Suspends Pakistan over Govt’s Interference

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FIFA on Wednesday suspended Pakistan’s membership following government’s interference in football matters.

The football governing body consequently ordered an unrecognised committee led a businessman, Ashfaq Hussain, to vacate the national football federation’s headquarters in the country.

Pakistan football has been run by a FIFA-appointed committee since 2019, but members were evicted from their Lahore office last week by a group claiming to have held legitimate elections.

“The Pakistan Football Federation has been suspended until further notice,” FIFA said in a statement from its headquarters in Zurich.

“PFF representative and club teams are therefore no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.”

The ban means Pakistan — whose last international match was against Cambodia in June 2019 — will no longer get FIFA development funding, worth around $1.25 million a year.

Pakistan had been suspended from football twice by FIFA before due to government interference in the sport.

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