FIFA suspends Pakistan over hostile takeover: International football organization FIFA has put on hold Pakistan with instant result, after a hostile takeover of the Pakistan Football Federations’s Lahore head office was followed up by the removal of the normalisation board a couple of days earlier.
A group led by Syed Ashfaq Shah had actually taken over the PFF’s control from the Normalisation Board, appointed by the globe controling body, which was being led by Haroon Malik.
A declaration by FIFA said that the bureau of the FIFA Council put on hold the PFF with instant impact due to third-party disturbance, which comprises a significant violation of the FIFA statutes.
“This scenario was prompted by the recent hostile takeover of the PFF headquarters in Lahore by a team of protestors and also a supposed decision by specific individuals to get rid of the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee of the PFF led by Haroon Malik and also to hand over the leadership of the PFF to Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah,” it claimed.
The group, led by Syed Ashfaq Shah, had stormed into PFF headquarters last month, forcing Haroon Malik as well as the normalisation board to vacate the workplace and the PFF control.
FIFA had labelled the requisition illegal and also released a final notice that the committee need to be turned over the PFF control by March 31 otherwise Pakistan could be put on hold from its membership.
The Ashfaq team had ignored the due date and had revealed to proceed working from the PFF head office.
Adhering to the rejection by Ashfaq team, the bureau of the Council has actually chosen to put on hold the PFF.
“This suspension will only be raised once FIFA has received confirmation from the normalisation committee of the PFF that the PFF’s premises, accounts, management as well as communication channels are once again under its complete control and it can remain to perform its mandate without more hindrance,” FIFA said.