Lahore: Pakistan football is feared to be suspended for 5 years due to which this situation has caused a wave of concern among players, coaches and officials.
The Ittefaq Group had taken control of the PFF headquarters in Lahore on Saturday, ousting the FIFA-designated normalization committee. If the charge is not handed over to the normalization committee by nightfall, the strong step like suspension of Pakistan can be taken.
According to sources, in the current situation, Pakistan’s membership can be terminated for 5 years. In this situation, there is a wave of concern among Pakistani footballers, coaches and officials. It will be remembered that FIFA is required to impose a lifetime ban on those who interfere in affairs instead of Pakistan.
FIFA and AFC had never recognised Ashfaq Shah as the elected president or representative of PFF. “It is with great concern that FIFA has learned of the unfortunate incidents that took place at the headquarters of the Pakistan Football Federation in Lahore, and during which PFF officials and employees had to be evacuated after the offices had been invaded by a group of protestors, who support Mr Syed Ashfaq Hussain,” Samoura said in the letter.
The FIFA general secretary adds in the letter that FIFA strongly condemns the incidents and considers such actions to be totally unacceptable. “We would like to remind all relevant parties, in particular the individuals who invaded the PFF premises, that the normalisation committee of PFF is the sole executive body of PFF recognised by FIFA,” the letter reads. geo super reported.
FIFA also informed that the meeting held on March 26 by certain members of the PFF and during which a decision was taken to hand over the leadership of the PFF to Syed Ashfaq Hussain holds no value and it will be considered an ‘undue interferance’ in the affairs of PFF.
FIFA further added that in case of suspension, PFF will lose all of its membership rights, as defined in art. 13 of the FIFA Statutes, with immediate effect and until further notice.
PFF’s national team or any other clubs won’t be allowed to participate in any international competitions. PFF and its members will also lose benefit from FIFA’s financial/development programmes.