FIFA suspends Pakistan Football Federation’s membership

ISLAMABAD: The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Wednesday suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) membership after a group led by Syed Ashfaq Shah took over the PFF’s control of PFF secretariat in Lahore from the Normalisation Committee.

A statement by FIFA said that the bureau of the FIFA Council suspended the PFF with immediate effect due to third-party interference, which constitutes a serious 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,” international football body said.

Media reports said, the group, led by Syed Ashfaq Shah, had stormed into PFF headquarters last month, forcing Haroon Malik and the normalisation committee to vacate the office and the PFF control.