Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Pakistan bans former Federation chief for 10 years

The Pakistan Football Federation has imposed a ten-year ban on former PFF Secretary General Mohammad Arshad Khan Lodhi for violating the national federation’s code of conduct and discipline. Lodhi has been barred from holding office of any provincial soccer association, national federation and taking part in any football activity of the country for a decade. The decision was taken on the recommendations of PFF disciplinary committee chairman Moin Rauf.

A PFF official told Muhammad Ali of the Daily Times that Lodhi, who is the president of the Punjab Football Association, had also been fined Rs 200,000. Lodhi’s colleagues Chaudhry Abdul Rasheed (PFF congress member) and Anees Ahmed Khan (Lahore District Football Association president) have also been banned for five years along with a fine of Rs 50,000 each.

The official said Lodhi and his ‘friends’ were tarnishing the image of the PFF in the national print and electronic media. “Lodhi has developed a mental state where he thinks he is the only one who is right and the PFF officials are at fault. This strange behaviour can only be attributed to his psychological depression,” the official said, adding that Lodhi had not only tarnished the image of Faisal but also tried to make him a controversial figure through his concocted and baseless allegations.

“This strict disciplinary action has given a clear message to all football lovers in Pakistan that the present management will continue following the promised path of fair play, merit and enforcement of discipline without any discrimination,” he concluded.

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