World Football apex body FIFA on Wednesday (April 7) suspended the football association of Chad and Pakistan after government interference. On Pakistan’s exclusion, the body said “This situation was prompted by the recent hostile takeover of the PFF headquarters in Lahore by a group of protestors and an alleged decision by certain individuals to remove the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee of the PFF led by Haroon Malik and to hand over the leadership of the PFF to Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah”.
Meanhwile on Chad, FIFA added, ” The suspension was prompted by the recent decisions of Chadian government authorities to permanently withdraw the powers delegated to the FTFA, establish a national committee for the temporary management of football and seize control of the FTFA’s premises”.
FIFA has earlier issued warnings to Pakistan over the recent illegitimate occupation of the PFF headquarters and asked the government to allow the office bearers recognised by FIFA to carry out their duties.
“This suspension will only be lifted once FIFA has received confirmation from the normalisation committee of the PFF that the PFF’s premises, accounts, administration and communication channels are again under its full control and it can continue to carry out its mandate without further hindrance”, added FIFA.
Under FIFA rules any political interference in the workings of the apex national football body is punishable by expulsion from suspension by the body. Other countries have also faced the same situation like Indonesia, Kuwait and Benin.