FIFA suspends Chad and Pakistan due to poor governance

Football’s governing body FIFA suspended the national soccer federations of Chad and Pakistan on Wednesday due to disputes on how they should be run.

The Pakistan Football Federation also known as the PFF was hit with a suspension due to third-party interferences for the second time in four years. This is after a group of officials and protesters launched protests and occupied the body’s headquarters last month.

The protest was in opposition to FIFA’s appointment of a normalization committee to organize the sport in Pakistan following years of chaos by groups of officials. The national women’s championship was disrupted by the takeover of the PFF headquarters.

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“This suspension will only be lifted once FIFA has received confirmation from the normalization committee of the PFF that the PFF’s premises, accounts, administration, and communication channels are again under its full control and it can continue to carry out its mandate without further hindrance,” FIFA said.

It can be recalled that Pakistan was previously hit with a suspension from October 2017 to March 2018.

This was after FIFA’s objection to a court decision that favored the appointment of an outside administrator to run the PFF after another dispute over elections. It’s no more news that FIFA is against the involvement of governments or courts in soccer disputes.

Meanwhile, Chad was suspended after the government attempted to dissolve the national soccer federation and assign the running of the sport in the country to new officials.

According to FIFA, the suspension will be lifted if the government revokes the decision and returns power to the president of the soccer federation.

Chad has been in the news for the wrong reasons recently. The country was disqualified from AFCON qualifiers last month when the Confederation of African Football ordered it to forfeit two games due to dispute.