Friday, October 22, 2021

Pakistan welcomes lifting of FIFA suspension

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LAHORE: Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) on Wednesday welcomed FIFA’s move to lift a ban imposed last year.

The sport’s governing body had imposed a rare blanket ban on the country last October after the dispute at PFF led a court to appoint an administrator to run the federation’s affairs, violating FIFA requirements for the body to be managed independently.

FIFA ended the ban after a court agreed to reinstate Faisal Saleh Hayat as president last month, saying, “the suspension of the PFF is lifted with immediate effect.”

Hayat welcomed FIFA’s decision and told reporters he hoped it would “bring stability in Pakistan football”.

“We will start… national and international activities as soon as possible.”

Pakistan’s last international match was a World Cup 2018 qualifier against Yemen in March 2015 and defeat in that two-legged first-round play-off ended their qualification campaign.

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