LAHORE – Pakistan Football Federation President Eng Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah has termed the recent meeting of PFA members as fake and illegal.
President PFF described the act as an attempt to manipulate the situation ahead of the visit of FIFA/AFC Fact Finding mission. He said: “All those close to former PFF chief Faisal Saleh Hayat are now trying to mislead the football family by false and illegal self-claimed notifications, which actually holds no legal value.”
He said: “The Districts Football Association’s all around the country including Punjab have completed their four-year tenure that already ended on March 31, 2019. Now until fresh elections of DFA’s, nobody will be allowed to make self-claimed notifications to manipulate the election process.
Meanwhile, 3-member committee of PFA has said that the statements being issued by Ashfaq Hussain-led PFF are totally misleading. The 3-member body has said that his statements about the district associations’ tenure are totally misleading. “He cannot betray the football community of Pakistan, as the people knows the truth and their opinion cannot be changed with baseless statements.”
The committee members said that the suspension of Naveed Haider is truly according to the PFF Statutes and the propaganda against this legal action is baseless and false.
Ashfaq supports Naved, calls PFA members meeting illegal
KARACHI: Showing his support for Punjab Football Association’s (PFA) president Naved Haider, the newly-elected Pakistan Football Federation’s (PFF) president Ashfaq Hussain Shah has rejected the recently-held PFA members meeting at Lahore as “illegal activity”.
In the so-called extra-ordinary Congress meeting of the PFA in Lahore on Saturday, PFA president Naved Haider had been suspended for five years.
Ashfaq expressed his full confidence in PFA chief Naved and rejected the illegal suspension. “All those close to former President Faisal Saleh Hayat are now trying to mislead the football family by false and illegal self-claimed notifications which hold no legal value,” he said in a statement.
He said district football associations all around the country, including Punjab, completed their four-year tenure on March 31. Before fresh elections of DFA, nobody could issue any notifications to manipulate the election process, he added.
PFF seeks a transparent election and club scrutiny process in all districts around the country to ensure that only genuine football clubs are participants of voting system unlike what happened during the last few years in the reign of Faisal who “always misused the powers to manipulate the system”, he added.
“Bogus club registration was a common practice at the time of Faisal,” Ashfaq said. He said that this time scrutiny process of clubs would be transparent and all bogus clubs that were created on political grounds would be eliminated from the system.