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PFF appealed FIFA to assist players amid pandemic

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ChairmanPakistan Football Federation (PFF)’s Normalization Committee (NC), Hamza Khan, revealed that they have requested FIFA for financial assistance to players and officials amid nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus epidemic.

NC’s mandate is to conduct elections to elect the new PFF’s governing body but they understand the current circumstances where the players and officials are suffering through the financial crisis, he said while speaking to the reporters via teleconference.

“PFF is not financially stable at this moment. NC has got a very limited fund even for conducting the PFF’s election, which is our actual mandate, so with such financial condition how can we think of contributing to something else,” he added.

“We own our players, coaches, and referees who are under financial crisis due to the current situation. We have already requested FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to extend some financial support so that we can help our football family. If they give us a special fund for this cause, we would definitely make sure to help those in need,” he appealed.

Meanwhile, Khan emphasized on non-financial measures which they are working on to play their part in fighting with widely-spread COVID-19.

“NC is working with FIFA’s partner the World Health Organization (WHO) to launch an awareness programme. We have also offered our Quetta Goal project to Pakistan’s government in these testing times,” he concluded.