- FIFA suspends Pakistan after takeover by Syed Asfhaq Shah group
- The group has wrested management of the Pakistan Soccer Federation from the Normalisation Committee appointed by FIFA
- The Ashfaq group had ignored warnings by FIFA handy over PFF’s management to the Normalisation Committee
The Federation Internationale de Soccer Affiliation (FIFA) on Wednesday suspended the Pakistan Soccer Federation (PFF) after a gaggle led by Syed Ashfaq Shah took over the PFF’s management from the Normalisation Committee, appointed by the world governing physique, which was being led by Haroon Malik.
A press release by FIFA mentioned that the bureau of the FIFA Council suspended the PFF with quick impact as a consequence of third-party interference, which constitutes a critical violation of the FIFA statutes.
“This situation was prompted by the recent hostile takeover of the PFF headquarters in Lahore by a group of protestors and an alleged decision by certain individuals to remove the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee of the PFF led by Haroon Malik and to hand over the leadership of the PFF to Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah,” it mentioned.
The group, led by Syed Ashfaq Shah, had stormed into PFF headquarters final month, forcing Haroon Malik and the normalisation committee to vacate the workplace and the PFF management.
FIFA had termed the takeover unlawful and issued an ultimatum that the committee ought to be handed over the PFF management by March 31 in any other case Pakistan could possibly be suspended from its membership.
The Ashfaq group had ignored the deadline and had introduced to proceed working from the PFF headquarters.
Following the refusal by Ashfaq group, the bureau of the Council has determined to droop the PFF.
“This suspension will only be lifted once FIFA has received confirmation from the normalisation committee of the PFF that the PFF’s premises, accounts, administration and communication channels are again under its full control and it can continue to carry out its mandate without further hindrance,” FIFA mentioned.