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Pakistan banned from world football until government returns PFF offices and accounts

Pakistan banned from world football until government returns PFF offices and accounts

Citing undue third party interference in the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) affairs, FIFA said in a press release that Pakistan's membership would remain suspended until the federation's "offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator".

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".

"I hope this sees the PFF house given to right people of the football family", Butt said, adding they expect a FIFA mission to come to Pakistan and hold free and fair elections. Pakistan was to host FIFA World Cup trophy's arrival early next year but if the PFF remained suspended the honour would be given to India. "The PFF representative and club teams are no longer entitled to take part in worldwide competitions until the suspension is lifted", the world body said.

This also means that neither the PFF nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any development programmes, courses or training from FIFA or the Asian Football Confederation. "Moreover, and in accordance with article 16 para 3 of the FIFA statutes, other member associations may not entertain sporting contact with the PFF during its suspension", the letter further reads.

In July this year, FIFA gave a final ultimatum to authorities in Pakistan for handing over football affairs to elected-president PFF Faisal Saleh Hayat or face suspension.

A motorcyclist rides past the building of Pakistan Football Federation headquarters on Wednesday.

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Pakistan football now awaits FIFA's next move to resolve its crisis.

He said through illegal means, with extensive use of state machinery and street power, under the umbrella of Maryam, Hamza and the then Sports Board Punjab Director General Usman Anwer evicted the PFF staff from their offices brutally and occupied the PFF headquarters.

"The FIFA Executive Committee decided that the current PFF leadership - led by Mr Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat - would be given two years (until September 2017) to revise the PFF statutes and organise elections accordingly", FIFA had said in September 2015.

Both factions claiming victory the matter went to the Lahore High Court which appointed an administrator to run football affairs until the case was decided. But it doesn't really solve the problems in the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF). PFF had filed for an application for registration of an FIR, which till date has not been registered.

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 global since a 0-0 draw with Yemen in a World Cup qualifier in March 2015.

It saw the PFF break into two groups with Hayat's long-time ally Zahir Shah challenging him for the president's post and eventually LHC intervention - a violation of FIFA requirements that wants its members associations to be managed independently without any outside influence.