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FIFA has suspended Pakistan and Chad over governance disputes

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FIFA has suspended Pakistan and Chad over governance disputes

On Wednesday, FIFA stopped the national football federations of Pakistan and Chad amid disputes over how they should be governed.

The Pakistani Football Federation, known as the PFF, has been suspended for “third-party interference” for the second time in four years after a group of officials and protesters occupied the body’s headquarters last month.

Protesters oppose a “normalization commission” appointed by FIFA to lead the sport in Pakistan after years of struggle by groups of officials. The takeover of PFF’s headquarters has already disrupted the women’s national championship.

“This suspension will only be lifted after FIFA has received confirmation from the PFF’s Normalization Committee that PFF’s premises, accounts, administration and communication channels are again under its full control and that it can continue to fulfill its mandate without further obstacles.” FIFA said.

Previously, Pakistan was suspended from October 2017 to March 2018, after FIFA objected to a court decision to appoint an external administrator to run the PFF, following another dispute over disputed elections. FIFA opposes governments or courts getting involved in football disputes.

Chad’s suspension comes after the African government tried to dissolve the national football federation and appoint new staff to run the sport. FIFA has said it will lift the suspension if the government overturns those decisions and returns power to the president of the football federation.

Chad was disqualified from qualifying for the African Cup of Nations last month when the Confederation of African Football ordered him to lose two games as a result of the dispute.

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