FIFA suspends Pakistan from international soccer

10/11/2017 1:35:15 AM

ZURICH (AP) FIFA has suspended Pakistan from international soccer because of government interference.

FIFA says the federation"s ""offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator.""

Rules imposed by FIFA and its members prohibit outside influence on their independence. The rules can have the effect of protecting unpopular soccer officials from government intervention.

The suspension should bar Pakistan federation president Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat from duty at the Asian Football Confederation. He is an AFC executive committee member and chairs its legal committee.