World Cup referee banned in Saudi match-fixing case

Fahad Al-Mirdasi left is facing a life ban from football

World Cup ref Al Mirdasi banned after offering to fix Saudi cup final

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has asked FIFA to remove referee Fahad Al Mirdasi from the list of referees for the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia after he was involved in a bribery incident.

Al Mirdasi was swiftly removed from officiating the game between Al Ittihad and Al Faisaly with former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg stepping in. 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.

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.

Mirdasi was one of five Arab referees chosen by Federation Internationale de Football Association to officiate at the 2018 World Cup.

It now emerges that he confessed to offering to fix Saturday's King's Cup final on behalf of Al Ittihad club, according to the Saudi FA which added that it had requested Federation Internationale de Football Association to confirm the lifetime global ban as well as removing him from the World Cup list.

Mirdasi eventually confessed to soliciting Sanayeh for money to influence the outcome of the match, which resulted in the Saudi star being given a lifetime ban.

On Saturday, the SFF announced that Al Mirdasi would not officiate the King's Cup, hours before the fixture was held in the presence of King Salman.

"FIFA notes the information that referee Fahad Al Mirdasi has allegedly been banned from all football-related activities by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF)", the world governing body was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. He also also officiated in the 2016 Olympic Games.

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