Pakistan women’s football team skipper Hajra Khan has requested Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi to deliver support to players after Fédération (Internationale de Football Association) FIFA suspended Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) due to “third-party interference.”
Taking her Twitter account Hajra said,
“There is still hope and we do expect a response from you two,” “We do expect the country to back us when we need them the most right now. It is a request, it might not be humble anymore, but it is a request. (And) it is a need. It all relies on you.”
She further added in her statement that,
“I speak on my behalf and all those football players whose hard-earned bread came from the sport,”
“We have worked hard, with blood and sweat, to represent this country. We have taken it to the podium, we have won championships in the past. Where do we go next? Which sport do we switch to?”
FIFA suspends Pakistan Football Federation after “recent hostile takeover of the PFF head office in Pakistan.”
— Hajra Khan (@hajrakn) April 8, 2021
Earlier, FIFA suspended the PFF with immediate effect due to third-party interference, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes.
According to the official statement by FIFA, 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.
As per the statement, 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.
FIFA said that the 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.