PFA officials urge PM to hand over FIFA House to NC [The Nation]

PFA officials urge PM to hand over FIFA House to NC [The Nation]

LAHORE – The Punjab Football Association (PFA) officials urged Prime Minister Imran Khan to hand over FIFA House Lahore to the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee.

Addressing a press conference held here at the SJAL Office on Tuesday, the PFA senior officials, including Khalid Sheikh from Narowal, Rana Shaukat Ali from Attock, Sheikh Iqbal from Bahawalpur and Raja Ishtiaq from Rawalpindi, said: “As the FIFA house has been evacuated, we urge the PM to hand it over to the FIFA-appointed PFF NC so that the FIFA suspensions are lifted from Pakistan. We also demanded the NC to announce PFF elections soon.”

They said the future of thousands of footballers has been plunged into darkness due to the ongoing football crisis in Pakistan since 2015. The game has reached the verge of disaster due to FIFA sanctions. “We show our solidarity to our fellow football lovers and organizers, who have initiated the movement for football revival from all over the country, especially Saeed Khan Taqqo, Azam Khan, Ali Bihar Brohi. We all are together to save the game.”

They said players, coaches and referees are facing endless problems. “Pakistan’s notoriety cannot be tolerated anymore. Football cannot move forward in any country without the support of FIFA.”

They said  when the authorities have vacated the FIFA House, it should be handed over to the FIFA NC soon so that the FIFA sanctions can be lifted and the PFF elections process may be started. They also demanded the NC to announce the date of elections soon. They also vowed their full support to the NC in holding fair elections as per PFF constitution. They also demanded the NC to form a committee representing true stakeholders of football in Pakistan. 

Published in The Nation, 24 November 2021