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FIFA Suspends Pakistan Football Federation

FILE: Players compete during a friendly soccer match between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Kabul in August 2013.

FIFA says Pakistan's Football Federation (PFF) has been suspended for "third-party interference."

Zurich-based FIFA said on October 11 that the PFF offices and its accounts remained in control of a court-appointed administrator, violating the global soccer governing body's rules on independence.

Following FIFA's decision, Pakistan's national and club teams are banned from international competition with immediate effect.

The suspension will be lifted once the PFF resumes control of its offices and accounts.

Pakistan's national team is scheduled to play in the South Asian Football Federation Cup, hosted by Bangladesh, in September 2018.

Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa