FIFA remains silent as normalisation process stalls

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By Sports Reporter

KARACHI: Once again, the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour will come to Pakistan while the country remains under suspension from the world’s football governing body.

World sport’s most iconic trophy is due to arrive in Islamabad on June 7 ahead of this year’s World Cup in November-December in Qatar, following on from its first tour of Pakistan four years ago. Then, the overall six-month suspension on the PFF was lifted just over a month after the trophy’s arrival. By the end of this month, the current suspension period will reach 14 months as the FIFA-appointed Pakistan Football Federation Normalisation Committee continues its long-running struggle to regain its assets. It already has the PFF headquarters back the takeover of which by a group of officials led by Ashfaq Hussain Shah in March last year saw FIFA suspend Pakistan. But the legal fight to get back control of the PFF accounts continues. At the FIFA Congress in Doha in March, 195 FIFA members voted on the suspension on Pakistan to remain until all prerequisites are met.