Match fixing: SAFF wants Al Mirdasi out of W/cup

Clay Curtis
May 17, 2018

A Saudi referee who is due to officiate at this summer's World Cup in Russia has been banned for life by the Saudi Football Federation following after reportedly admitting to bribery.

Saudi Arabia have banned a referee for life for a match-fixing attempt, weeks before he had been due to fly to Russian Federation to officiate at the football World Cup.

Al Mirdasi was taken into police custody where he confessed to soliciting the corrupt payment, the statement from the SAFF ethics committee said.

"He confirmed that he had evidence which highlights Al Mirdasi offering help for money".

The keeper, who had earned a FIFA badge in 2011 and officiating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation in 2017, was chosen to referee Saudi Arabia's Kings Cup final between top clubs Al-Faisaly and Al-Ittihad on Saturday but was pulled from the roster just a few hours before the game.

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At a time when players, coaches, referees and other stakeholders are looking forward to hitting Russian Federation in a matter of days, referee Fahad Al Mirdasi is on the verge of missing an opportunity to handle the whistle in Russian Federation after he was slammed with a ban in Saudi Arabia.

Referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi was listed among FIFA World Cup 2018 officials.

Al Mirdasi was one of the referees in last year's Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, where he oversaw the third-place match between Mexico and Portugal.

Fahad al-Mirdasi gestures during the Asian Champions League football return match between Qatar's El-Jaish and UAE's Al-Ain on October 18, 2016 at the Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha.

The 32-year-old referee made the approach to Al Ittihad chief Hamad Al-Senaie, who immediately handed over the WhatsApp messages to SAFF officials, Reuters reported.

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