ISLAMABAD - Action taken on The Nation story, as Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) took strong notice of Islamabad Football Association (IFA)'s illegal steps and imposing ban and fine on Akbar Football Club secretary and a player.

It is pertinent to mention here that this scribe has written a story regarding injustice done to Akbar Club secretary and a player and the PFF then took strong notice of the story and ordered an immediate inquiry in this regard.  Talking to The Nation on Wednesday, PFF secretary Col (r) Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi said: “I have taken notice of the IFA imposing Rs 20,000 fine and banning club secretary Shahid Siddiqui for one-year and player Farhan Ullah Khan for three matches. I have ordered inquiry and appointed Director Clubs Ali Farasat Shah to look into this matter and give his detailed report. I will ensure justice will be done and if found guilty, the IFA will face the consequences.”

He said that it was the responsibility of the IFA to arrange sponsors to conduct grassroots level championships, instead of passing the burden on the affiliated clubs and especially players. “The PFF is in acute shortage of funds that's why we can't provide funds to the associations to conduct championships. It is the prime responsibility of all the affiliated associations to arrange sponsors to conduct maximum events.”  “We have received a number of complaints against the IFA, which is charging RS 3000-4000 for participation in A, B and C Leagues. They are charging such amounts because they have failed in arranging sponsors therefore they have been passing on burden to the clubs, who are staging protests against the unjust raise in participation fees,” the PFF secretary added.  “Football clubs are doing an excellent job in promoting the game in the country and far flung areas and especially at grassroots level. It is because of these clubs, fresh hidden talent comes into reckoning, but it is my advice to all the clubs to stay away from politics which is destroying sports in the country,” he concluded.