April 7: FIFA has announced the suspension of the football federation in Pakistan due to interference of a third party. Such interference is considered a serious violation. Hence, the Men and Women’s Pakistani Football teams are temporarily banned from participating in any games until FIFA receives a confirmation from the normalization committee of the PFF that the PFF’s premises, accounts, administration, and communication channels are again under its full control.
FIFA suspends Chad and Pakistan football associations
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) April 7, 2021
According to FIFA Media:
This situation was prompted by the recent hostile takeover of the PFF headquarters in Lahore by a group of protestors and an alleged decision by certain individuals to remove the FIFA-appointed normalization committee of the PFF led by Haroon Malik and to hand over the leadership of the PFF to Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah.
FIFA issued a letter warning that, should the illegitimate occupation of the PFF headquarters not be lifted and the office bearers recognized by FIFA not be permitted free access to the building to carry out their mandate, the matter would be immediately submitted to the Bureau of the Council for decision.
Pakistan Football Federation suspended by the FIFA.
— Hajra Khan (@hajrakn) April 7, 2021
During the tenure of PM Imran Khan, a sportsman-turned-politician. This is shameful and saddening beyond words! https://t.co/SLOHFA8OE6
— ضوئیلا (@Zoela_Gilani) April 7, 2021
This is nonsense. The race of so-called politics has swallowed football with all its might!!! https://t.co/xdCqHIZT2v
— Sher jan P. Shohaz |شیران (@SheraanRind) April 7, 2021
BREAKING: Pakistan Football Federation has been suspended by FIFA after the PFF Headquarters were illegally occupied. The suspension will only be lifted when the PFF House and accounts are returned to the NC.
Another dark day for Pakistani football.🥺 pic.twitter.com/cQvYZlWV5D
— FootballPakistan.com (FPDC) (@FootballPak) April 7, 2021
— Faisal Rafi (@faisalrafi) April 7, 2021
— Owais Tohid (@OwaisTohid) April 7, 2021
All are useless, they've remained silent for more than a week.
— FootballPakistan.com (FPDC) (@FootballPak) April 7, 2021
April 3: Last week, the ongoing Women’s Championship that was taking place in Karachi was canceled by the committee. The action was taken after the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) headquarters were attacked in Lahore. The FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee (NC) on-site was physically charged, and their possessions were also taken.
The Karachi United were later pulled out of the National Women’s Football Championship. The game is now being organized without the PFF committee.
Pakistani celebrities Mahira Khan, Yumna Zaidi, and influencer Nahia J. Eiman raised their voice and supported the female footballers of Pakistan.
Yamna Zaidi Said,
“Sports are essential for a society to remain healthy and provide us with the heroes we so desperately need to look up to and represent our country. At present, the current Pakistan women’s national football team seems to be going through a host of issues and I want to appeal to whoever is listening to please help them. We need this! We need them to shine.”
Mahira Khan also took it to her Instagram and said,
“Respect the game!!! Respect the players!! “We too are responsible for upholding the integrity of the game as it is challenged by politicised governance.”
“Stop letting us down, Not blaming Pakistan for the lack of opportunities but these people in power need to think about the people who were born in the country”.
This is what the captain of the Pakistan women’s football team, Hajra Khan has to say:
— Hajra Khan (@hajrakn) March 31, 2021
Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Fehmida Mirza also tweeted about the matter. She said: “Had several meetings with the federation and NC. Even wrote to FIFA to send fact-finding mission and to hold elections as delay is badly affecting football in Pakistan #SavePakistanFootball.”
Had several meetings with the federation and NC. Even wrote to FIFA to send fact finding mission and to hold elections as delay is badly affecting Football in Pakistan #SavePakistanFootball https://t.co/JkdE4U8WqT
— Dr. Fehmida Mirza (@DrFMirza) March 30, 2021
Captain of the Pakistan women’s football team, Hajra Khan, had also penned on Twitter, “Today, we stand our ground, and we stand it together! #NoMoreSilence.”
— Hajra Khan (@hajrakn) March 30, 2021
Twitter Users are Tweeting Under the Hashtag #SavePakistanFootball
Pakistan Football Can be Banned for 5 Years🤦🏻♂️
Our Countries Football is Getting Worst then Worst @ImranKhanPTI needs to Do Something to Save it
I’m so Disappointed and I’m not Seeing Pakistan Playing FIFA World Cup in this Century #savepakistanfootball #savefootball #letusplay pic.twitter.com/HoPuR4zRUF
— Waleed Baig (@Waleedbaig75) March 30, 2021
FIFA told Pakistan Football Federation to ban for five years but the federation said give us few days to resolve it. #SavePakistanFootball
— Kaleemullah Khan (@Kaleemullah_10) March 28, 2021
Looks like #SavePakistanFootball has reached #PTI twitter circles but it might just be too late. 5 days in and their legislators are yet to even publicly acknowledge what happened. IPC Minister tweeted late last night.
Less than 6 hours till FIFA's deadline expires. pic.twitter.com/YHy2srUNt3
— FootballPakistan.com (FPDC) (@FootballPak) March 31, 2021
— SAMEER (@SAMEER20098912) March 30, 2021
— Omais (@Omais_18) March 30, 2021
Yesterday Pakistans Star footballer said that I can arrange a FIFA friendly match in Pakistan. And today there has been a attack on Pakistan football association. And I am surprised that no one is talking about it. Raise ur voice.
Tweet using #SavePakistanFootball 🙏 pic.twitter.com/8BoH0KGTsP
— 𝕄𝕚𝕒𝕟 𝕊𝕙𝕒𝕙𝕫𝕒𝕕 𝔽𝕒𝕣𝕠𝕠𝕢 (Covid +ve) (@shaadD10) March 27, 2021
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