Pakistan suspended from Federation Internationale de Football Association membership, can not play in global competitions
Oct 12 2017 by Desiree Burns
The administrator in question was appointed by Lahore High Court in July 2015, following the controversial PFF elections earlier that year, which saw Faisal Saleh Hayat re-elected as president of PFF for the third time.
A few hours after his hat-trick helped Argentina qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia, superstar forward Lionel Messi breathed a sigh of relief after catching the news that FIFA has suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF).
The decision was taken by the Bureau of FIFA's ruling Council as the PFF's offices in Karachi are still in the control of a "court-appointed administrator". "The suspension will be lifted once the PFF offices and access to the PFF accounts are returned to the PFF".
The suspension also means the PFF will lose its FIFA membership rights and will not benefit from any development programs, courses or training from FIFA or the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
Pakistan's football federation (PFF) has been engulfed in chaos and split into two warring factions following a tussle for the presidency in 2015.
Despite its size and the world's sixth largest nation by population, Pakistan is ranked 200th of FIFA's 211 member nations and the men's national team has not played a full worldwide since a 0-0 draw with Yemen in a World Cup qualifier in March 2015.
The PFF will also be barred from all contact with other member associations for the duration of the ban.
It is not yet known whether the suspension will have any affect on Hayat's roles in football.
"FIFA or AFC won't accept any team and Faisal's group wasn't allowed by authorities here to carry out football activities, hence no worldwide games for Pakistan in last two years", said a source.
"It's a big loss for us today as none of our players, coaches or referees now could travel overseas until we are suspended", Hayat said.
"The trophy tour would have been a big boost to Pakistan's image worldwide, but now even that tour is in danger. We are consulting the stake-holders to evolve future strategy after FIFA's decision", Shah said. "Otherwise, our football will suffer".