Pakistan Football Federation suspended by FIFA

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    KARACHI: FIFA, in a decision that was long overdue, has suspended Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) owing to its offices’ wrongful occupancy of court-appointed administrators rather than elected personnel.

    The world football’s governing body threatened of the said suspension months ago but had since kept its mum on the turmoil, which stemmed from the controversial Changla Gali elections of 2015 when Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat was accused of manipulation by his rivals.

    PFF’s internal power struggle has since lingered on for more than two years and stifled the country’s entire footballing ecosystem.

    The dispute was taken to the Lahore High Court, which appointed an administrator, who took over the PFF offices, much to the annoyance of Hayat.

    But FIFA, on Wednesday, finally followed up on its threat in a statement, saying: “FIFA has decided to suspend the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council dated 10 October 2017 on account of undue third-party interference.”

    The statement further read: “The Bureau took this decision as a result of the fact that the PFF offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator, which constitutes a violation of the PFF obligations to manage its affairs independently and without influence from any third parties in accordance with the FIFA Statutes. The PFF loses all its membership rights as defined in article 13 of the FIFA Statutes. The PFF representative and club teams are no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.”

    There is a way back though as the statement explains: “The suspension will be lifted once the PFF offices and access to the PFF accounts are returned to the PFF.”

    The ruling, however, is not going to make much of a difference for Pakistani footballers as it does little to rekindle the domestic leagues.

    This also means that neither the PFF nor any of its members or officials can benefit from any development programmes, courses or training from FIFA or the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

    The PFF case is still in the court with its next hearing scheduled to take place on October 17.
  2. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    FIFA's token suspension gives Saddam no hope

    KARACHI: Pakistan midfielder Saddam Hussain doesn’t think that FIFA’s suspension of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) would have any impact on the stalled state of the country’s football or force the bickering factions of the federation to resolve their differences.

    Football’s world governing body moved to suspend the PFF on Wednesday citing third party involvement in the PFF’s affairs, following a takeover of the federation’s offices by a Lahore High Court-appointed administrator.

    Some might have thought the decision would finally knock some sense into the two factions, one of which is led by four-time PFF President Faisal Saleh Hayat. But Hussain, a midfielder for the national team, is not holding his breath for that to happen as he points out that all footballing activity has already been suspended in Pakistan for more than two years.

    “FIFA’s decision looks more like an attempt to pander to the egos of PFF officials,” Saddam told The Express Tribune. “We haven’t been playing football for the last two years anyway, and even when we were, the domestic game was already in shambles. With no Pakistan Premier Football League or even a Division B league, the departmental teams are shutting down.”

    Saddam was hoping for a more hands-on approach by the world governing body. “I was hoping for FIFA to forget PFF officials, send their people here, observe the situation and make efforts perhaps to start football again,” he said. “But this is just another long, dark night for us. Look at the U15, U18 players who recently missed out on South Asian Football Championships. Meanwhile, the national players, are looking for opportunities in even the lowest leagues abroad. What have the PFF officials — on either side — done for our sport?”

    However, he believes charity must begin at home. “We can’t complain to FIFA because our own people are not interested,” he said. “They don’t care about the players or the sport. They have no vision. Football shouldn’t have stopped in the first place. The same thing happened in Indonesia, [but] their football didn’t stop.”

    Saddam, who was a part of the team when Pakistan last played an international fixture — a defeat to Yemen in a 2018 World Cup qualifier two years ago — says his heart breaks every time he sees other nations qualify for World Cups while his national team finds itself in the mess that is the PFF.

    “We’ve been watching the World Cup qualifiers,” he said. “Look at Egypt making their way to Russia, look at Iceland… the children there would now dream of becoming footballers. And what did we do?”

    The former FC Dordoi player also revealed the situation was just as bleak even before the PFF’s infighting began and that most of the time the national team participated in qualifiers just to make up the numbers, with no real chance of succeeding, thanks to the officeholder’s uncaring attitude.

    “Our training camps lasted for mere two or three months, and even during that time we were pitted in practice matches against the likes of Lyallpur FC,” he recalled. “How can you expect a team to have any chance of qualifying when it had such low training standards? From there on the entire campaign became just a formality.”

    Saddam also bemoaned the lack of a vision for the future. “Other countries plans and begin their preparations more than four years in advance,” he said. “The PFF also had four years between the 2010 and 2014 World Cup qualifiers but they didn’t deem that window important enough to plan.”

    Saddam also recalled an instance in 2012 when Saudi Arabia refused to play friendlies with Pakistan as they felt that the national team didn’t provide enough of a challenge to test their players.

    “We are looked down upon even though we give our all,” he said. “It is the federation’s job to devise a proper roadmap for taking the sport further in the country. We lost to Yemen, a war-torn country that couldn’t even play its matches in their own country. Compare their federation to ours’ and the difference will be of vision.”
  3. Ghost

    Ghost Youngsta Beauty

    Oct 12, 2017
    will the government wake up after this ?

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