News FIFA Lifts Ban On Pakistan

Pakistan's ban from international soccer has been lifted by FIFA following the end of "undue third-party interference" in the country's football federation (PFF), the world governing body said on Wednesday.

The ban, in force since October, had barred Pakistan's teams, including the senior national side, from playing in international competition while the PFF was denied access to FIFA development and training programmes.

FIFA said it lifted the ban after an administrator appointed by the Lahore High Court was directed to hand control back to the PFF.

FIFA said the PFF had "successfully taken back control of the PFF offices along with the PFF accounts on March 1" and added that it was still closely following the situation at the federation.

Pakistan, ranked 203rd, have not played a full international since a 0-0 draw with Yemen in a World Cup qualifier in March 2015.

FIFA's statutes rule that all member federations must be free of any government and judicial interference in their respective countries.


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