FIFA suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect yesterday because of “undue third-party influence.”
Football’s world governing body has strict rules about its member associations being free from outside influence and governmental interference.
Dogged by allegations of corruption for years, the PFF has been run by a court-appointed administrator since 2015 after the organisation was split into two warring factions.
Fifa has repeatedly asked the PFF to resolve the row and hold new elections but its patience has now run out.
In a statement, Fifa said it took this decision because the “PFF offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator,” a violation of its “obligations to manage its affairs independently and without influence from any third parties.”
In the meantime, Pakistan’s national team and clubs are banned from international competitions, the PFF is excluded from Fifa development programmes, its officials are unable to take part in any courses run by Fifa or the Asian Football Confederation and no other Fifa member can “entertain sporting contact” with Pakistan.