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Pakistan football body faces another FIFA suspension

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

The Federation (FIFA) has warned that the sport's governing body in could face another ban if its elections are held on the directives of the country's

A confirmed that the governing body viewed the elections being held on the directives of the court as third-party interference in affairs of the Federation (PFF), which is in contravention of the constitution for member countries.

Football, which has been a victim of politicking and internal strife in since 2015, is set to undergo fresh elections with the SC appointing a to conduct the electoral process.

has said that sitting PFF President, Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, should be allowed to complete his tenure without any "third party" interference.

The problem now is that the third party is the of Pakistan.

Hayat, who might have the backing of FIFA under its constitution, has lost considerable popularity and face in recent times due to the sport's stagnancy in recent times.

His opponents say he manipulated the PFF elections in 2015 to get himself re-elected as president, causing untold damage to Pakistan

The Pakistan football team only recently resumed playing at the top level in August after a period of inaction since June 2015.

His election and tenure is also not in line with the country's National Policy that limits the term for office-bearers.

The FIFA in a email said: "We can confirm that FIFA has today sent a letter to the (PFF) stating that the Order issued by the of Pakistan on November 14, 2018 seems to be incompatible with the decision taken by the on September 26, 2018."

In September last year, FIFA also suspended Pakistan briefly and later resumed the membership in March when a court verdict came in Hayat's favour where the was asked to hand over the control to

The FIFA mail further said, "Fifa has reminded the PFF about the FIFA Statutes (particularly article 14 par. 1 let I and article 19 par 1) according to which member associations are obliged to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence from third parties.

"Therefore should elections at the PFF take place on a date that is imposed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, this would be considered undue influence in the sense of the FIFA Statutes. Consequently the matter would then be presented to the relevant FIFA bodies for consideration and possible action, which may include the suspension of the PFF."

Hayat has been PFF for last 15 years and this time is being challenged by a strong candidate in the shape of and PFF congress member Zahir Shah, who was also a favourite to win in 2015.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 11:25 IST