Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

#Russia2018 Bound Referee Banned For Life For Soliciting Bribe

#Russia2018 Bound Referee Banned For Life For Soliciting Bribe

A Saudi Arabian referee due to be overseeing games at the World Cup in Russian Federation has been banned from soccer for life in his country.

It was revealed the 32-year-old had approached Al Ittihad chief Hamad Al-Senaie about potentially trying to rig the match in their favour, but the WhatsApp messages were immediately handed over to SAFF officials.

Fahad Al Mirdasi requested a bribe from Al Ittihad in the King's Cup final, one of the country's most prestigious competitions.

He was replaced overseeing the King's Cup final by Mark Clattenburg, who was set to be selected for the World Cup before leaving England a year ago to take a job heading refereeing in Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) said the official had attempted to fix a match and, therefore, he has been banned from football for life.

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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation says Fahad Al Mirdasi asked for money to help a team win.

He was then pulled from the game with an investigation into the referee by the ethics committee.

Denied from participating in any football-related activity for life, the SAFF has also called on FIFA to withdraw Al Mirdasi from next month's World Cup, while approving his life ban on an global level. "Following the investigations, the Saudi Federation received the report of the competent authorities, which proved the charge against the referee under his personal confession of the request for bribery".

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. He also also officiated in the 2016 Olympic Games.

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