FIFA suspends Pakistan

Afp, Karachi

8 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

FIFA suspended Pakistan's membership Wednesday and ordered an unrecognised committee to vacate the national football federation's headquarters in the country.

Pakistan football has been run by a FIFA-appointed committee since 2019, but members were evicted from their Lahore office last week by a group claiming to have held legitimate elections.

"The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has been suspended until further notice," FIFA said in a statement from its headquarters in Zurich.

The ban means Pakistan -- whose last international match was against Cambodia in June 2019 -- will no longer get FIFA development funding, worth around $1.25 million a year.

The country is currently ranked 200th out of FIFA's 210 teams.

"It's shameful," former international Aurangzeb Shahmir told AFP, calling the latest suspension a "black day" for Pakistan football.