Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

World Cup referee banned in Saudi match-fixing case

FIFA bans Saudi referee for life over match-fixing bid World Cup ref Al Mirdasi banned after offering to fix Saudi cup final
Steven Clarke | 17 May, 2018, 02:26

Federation Internationale de Football Association released a statement requesting for more information after Saudi Arabia banned one of their own referees for life over a match-fixing attempt weeks before he was due to fly to Russia for the World Cup. It added that it had requested Federation Internationale de Football Association hand him a lifetime global ban as well as removing him from the World Cup list.

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

In a statement, the disciplinary and ethics committee said Mirdasi had approached the president of Al-Ittihad asking him for a bribe to enable his team to win.

"Following the appointment of the referee, Fahad Al Mirdasi, to manage the match between Al-Ittihad and Al-Faisaly in the Cup final, Mr. Hamad Al-Saniaa, the president of Al-Ittihad club, addressed the Saudi football federation", a SAFF statement read.

A referee who was scheduled to officiate games at next month's World Cup has been banned for life amid allegations of match-fixing.

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Al Mirdasi, 32, was hit with a life-long suspension by the SAFF having confessed to offering to fix last Saturday's King's Cup final between Al-Ittihad and Al-Faisaly in Saudi Arabia.

In an embarrassing and untimely blow to both Federation Internationale de Football Association and the Saudis, Fahad Al Mirdasi, one of Asia's most experienced officials, will be conspicuous by his absence in Russia after being placed under investigation in Saudi Arabia as soon as he was removed from handling last weekend's Saudi cup final.

Clattenburg, who was appointed head of refereeing at the SAFF past year, stepped in to replace Al Mirdasi on the eve of the game.

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.

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