Fifa bans Pakistan from worldwide football


FIFA has suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect as a result of "undue third-party interference".

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 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", said FIFA in a statement released on its website. "FIFA recognizes Faisal Saleh Hayat as head of PFF and if the government doesn't stop intervening I think it will be a long suspension".

A PFF spokesman said they had no immediate comment but were preparing a statement to explain "the background which led to this and also our views on the suspension".

"They might be ranked 200 in the world, and mightn't have played a full worldwide for two-and-a-half years, but we all know how risky Pakistan can be at world events", Messi said.

Pakistan now sits on an all-time low of 200th rank in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings and this suspension is going to make things worse for the team.

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.

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"FIFA had sent Pakistan a very clear message".

The row between the two organisations has plunged Pakistani football into chaos and ended up in the legal courts.

The suspension imposed by the Bureau of the FIFA Council means no Pakistani teams can take part in worldwide competitions - though none have for more than three seasons.

It was then decided that the courts would take control of the PFF's offices and accounts until the crisis was resolved.

"The suspension has put our footballers' future in danger".

The suspension should also bar Hayat from duty at the Asian Football Confederation.