Zurich: The Bureau of the FIFA Council suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect due to third-party interference, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes.
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 normalisation 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 recognised 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.
New composition of PFF normalisation committee confirmed
Zurich: Following the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council to extend the mandate of the normalisation committee of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) until 30 June 2021, FIFA and the AFC have decided to replace three of the four members.
The decision follows the resignation of the previous PFF normalisation committee chairman and aims to give fresh impetus to the normalisation process.
The composition of the normalisation committee has been confirmed as follows:
Mr Haroon Malik (chairman)
Mr Haris Azmat (member)
Mr Saud Azim Hashimi (member)
Mr Muhammad Shahid Niaz Khokhar (member)
Mr Muneer Sadhana (member)
While the normalisation committee chairman and members will assume their duties as of 20 January 2021, their final confirmation is conditional upon the successful completion of an eligibility check carried out by the FIFA Review Committee in accordance with the FIFA Governance Regulations.
All other terms of the mandate of the normalisation committee, as decided by the Bureau of the FIFA Council, remain the same.
Bureau of the FIFA Council passes decision concerning Pakistan Football Federation
Zurich: The Bureau of the FIFA Council has today taken the following decisions concerning the governance of Pakistan Football Federation.
Mandate of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) normalisation committee extended
The Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to extend the mandate of the PFF normalisation committee, which was due to expire on 31 December 2020, until all tasks have been completed, but until no later than 30 June 2021.
The decision was taken with the primary objective of allowing the normalisation committee to fulfil all of the tasks entrusted to it in its mandate.
In addition, following the decision of the chairman of the normalisation committee to step down from his position by the end of 2020, FIFA will appoint a new chairperson in due course, who will have to pass an eligibility check to be carried out by the FIFA Review Committee in accordance with the FIFA Governance Regulations.
Chitral: Some footballers have the ability to change the course of a match. Karishma Ali wants to change lives.
In the latest edition of the AFC’s GameChangers series – which tells inspiring stories from women’s football in Asia – we meet the 23-year-old whose passion has taken her from northern Pakistan to Paris and Milan; and for whom the game provides a window to so much more.
Dhaka: The SAFF Cup, initially scheduled for September 19-30, has been postponed to next year due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The decision was taken on Monday at an online meeting of the South Asian Football Federation, with the General Secretaries of the football associations of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bhutan along with SAFF General Secretary Anwarul Huq present.
Zurich: The Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided on 14 May 2020 to extend the mandate of the PFF Normalisation Committee, which was due to expire on 15 June 2020, until 31 December 2020.
While the PFF Normalisation Committee has made significant progress in several aspects and the PFF now has a functional administration supporting football activities, the decision has been taken in order to enable it to complete all of the tasks of its mandate, particularly in light of the general disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Pakistan.
A road map has been agreed by the FIFA and AFC administrations and the PFF Normalisation Committee that foresees the full implementation of the latter’s mandate and includes holding an elective PFF Congress by the end of December 2020.
Mumbai: Goa hold a two-point lead at the top of the Indian Super League (ISL) with defending champions Bengaluru FC hot on their heels.
In the I-League, Mohun Bagan have opened up a three-point lead following the conclusion of last week’s action while Maziya continue to dominate in the Maldives. Join the-AFC.com as we review the domestic action in South Asia.
2020 Qualifiers - Group A: Iraq beat Palestine to take race down to the wire
Muscat: Group A of the AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020 Qualifiers will go down to the final day after Iraq defeated Palestine 3-1 on Thursday.
The win took Iraq to the top of the standings on seven points from three matches, ahead of Kuwait on goal difference while Palestine have six.
Iraq play Oman in their final match on Saturday while Kuwait, not in action on Thursday, face Palestine. Oman defeated Pakistan 1-0 on Saturday for their first win of the Qualifiers but have no hope of advancing.
2020 Qualifiers - Group A: Iraq, Kuwait stay in sight of Finals
Muscat: Iraq scored their goals in the first half and Kuwait in the second 45 minutes as both teams registered valuable wins in Group A of the AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020 qualifiers on Tuesday.
The two had settled for a 1-1 draw in Sunday's meeting and needed wins to stay in sight of a place in the 2020 Finals, with Iraq defeating Pakistan 3-0 and Kuwait triumphing by the same margin against Oman.
The win took Kuwait to the top of the standings on seven points, having defeated Pakistan 2-1 in their opening match. Palestine are second on six, with a match in hand, while Iraq's tally from two matches is four.