FIFA lifts ban on Pakistan Football Federation

FIFA has lifted the suspension of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) which was imposed due to undue third-party interference.

A group of officials led by Ashfaq Hussain Shah, which was elected by the Supreme Court in 2018 to run the PFF but was not recognized by FIFA, took over the headquarters in March last year.

They had seized control from FIFA’s normalization committee (NC) headed by Haroon Malik, with Shah saying the committee had not conducted elections for the body in the 18 months since it took charge.

FIFA suspended the PFF due to the “hostile takeover” but said on Thursday in a statement that it now had confirmation the committee had regained full control of the PFF’s premises and was in a position to manage its finances.

“The PFF was also informed that any undue interference in its affairs or action that could hinder the fulfillment of the mandate of the normalization committee might lead to the PFF being suspended again and/or the imposition of other sanctions provided for in the FIFA Statutes,” FIFA added in the statement.

“As the deadline by which the normalization committee was required to fulfill its mandate 30 June 2022 is now no longer realistic, the Bureau [of the FIFA Council] has also decided to extend the committee’s mandate until 30 June 2023 at the latest.”