From Sorts Correspondent
LAHORE: President, Pakistan Football Federation (PFF), Faisal Saleh Hayat has appealed to the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan to save Pakistan football from suspension and disaster.
Addressing a news conference here yesterday, Faisal highlighted that football was without patronage of the government and games ruling body, FIFA and the Asian body, AFC are pumping in funds for the development of the game in the country.
Government, never supported PFF, rather PFF has always been getting the bulk of its funds from FIFA and AFC and it is only because of FIFA & AFC, due to which Pak football is being run. If the support from FIFA and AFC stopped it will result in stoppage of football activities in the country because no other entity can afford footballing expenditures “,he said.
FIFA has 2011 countries as its member associations which have to abide by the FIFA statutes, it is mandatory. It has been seen in the past that footballing powerhouses like France, Nigeria, Kuwait and many more were banned by FIFA when its statutes were not given respect by overruling them.FIFA’s clear direction to its member associations is to follow its rules or otherwise part their ways.
“We have held national tournaments according to upcoming international events. National Challenge Cup, Women Championship, PFF League, PPL and other events were held to prepare teams for international events. Series of the international events were participated by our national teams”, said PFF Chief.
He further said that the elections of every statutory body are held according to its statutes, that was what we expected but unfortunately it happened otherwise. PFF statutes have not been followed. He named Shoaib Shaheen, the returning officer for the PFF elections, for making his own laws negating PFF Statues. He clearly violated PFF Statues which was also brought to the notice of Hon Supreme Court.