World Cup referee banned in Saudi match-fixing case

16 May, 2018, 23:04 | Author: Wade Massey
  • World Cup referee banned in Saudi match-fixing case

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) have handed a lifetime ban to referee Fahad Al Mirdasi, who is due to officiate at this summer's World Cup, after he admitted to match-fixing.

SAFF has already banned Al Mirdasi for life after he asked for bribe to influence the outcome of a match.

Al Ittihad chief Hamad Al Senaie reported to the Saudi federation that Al Mirdasi had contacted him via WhatsApp and requested money in order to help the team win the game against Al Faisaly, the SFF said.

FIFA says it "notes the information that referee Fahad Al Mirdasi has allegedly been banned for life from all football-related activities" and is now requesting more information from the SAFF.

"Al Mirdasi was in custody and had been presented to the administrative investigation".

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Al Mirdasi, one of 36 officials selected by Federation Internationale de Football Association for Russia, took part in last year's Confederations Cup, the traditional World Cup warm-up tournament, overseeing the third-place game between Mexico and Portugal where two penalties were awarded, two players were sent off in extra time and Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was also dismissed. "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".

The statement said Al-Mirdasi attempted to fix a match on Saturday when Al-Faisaly and Al-Ittihad played in the King's Cup final.

He oversaw the third-place game between Mexico and Portugal where two penalties were awarded, two players were sent off in extra time and Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was also dismissed.

Mirdasi was once the golden boy of the Saudi Football Federation, refereeing in 2016 Rio Olympics and 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

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