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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Pakistan banned by Fifa over third-party interference in national football federation

Pakistan's national team are 200th of 211 nations in the Fifa world rankings.

Fifa have imposed the suspension on Pakistan football until PFF accounts and offices are returned to the PFF. Ruben Sprich / Reuters
Fifa have imposed the suspension on Pakistan football until PFF accounts and offices are returned to the PFF. Ruben Sprich / Reuters

Pakistan have been suspended from international football because of what global football body Fifa described as undue third-party interference in the country's football federation (PFF).

Fifa said in a statement that the suspension would prevent Pakistani teams, including the national side, from playing in international competition and the PFF from benefiting from Fifa development and training programmes.

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"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.

"The suspension will be lifted once the PFF offices and access to the PFF accounts are returned to the PFF."

A PFF spokesman told Reuters by email 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".

According to Fifa records, Pakistan, 200th of 211 teams in the world rankings, have not played a full international since a 0-0 draw with Yemen in a World Cup qualifier in March 2015.