ZURICH (our reporter):- The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has restored Pakistan’s membership.
The FIFA announced that it would lift all restrictions imposed and restore the membership of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF).
The PFF Normalisation Committee Chairman Haroon Malik said that the hard work of the committee and the prayers of the football family have finally paid off.
“The Bureau of the FIFA Council decided on June 29, 2022 to lift the suspension that was imposed on the PFF in April 2021 due to undue third-party interference,” the statement issued by the association read.
It is pertinent to mention here that the FIFA had suspended membership of Pakistan amidst third party’s interference in the first week of April 2021, just days after a group occupied the PFF headquarters in Lahore in March.
In November, the Punjab government seized the PFF Secretariat due to lease issues.
The decision of restore the membership was taken after FIFA received confirmation that the normalization committee of the Pakistan Football Federation had regained full control of the PFF’s premises and was in a position to manage its finances.
The PFF was also informed that any undue interference in its affairs or action that could hinder the fulfillment of the mandate of the normalization committee might lead to the PFF being suspended again and/or the imposition of other sanctions provided for in the FIFA Statutes.
“As the deadline by which the normalization committee was required to fulfill its mandate (June 30, 2022) is now no longer realistic, the Bureau has also decided to extend the committee‘s mandate until June 30, 2023, at the latest,” FIFA stated, adding that this will enable the latter to finally carry out the tasks assigned to it in full.