Saudi FA Asks FIFA To Withdraw Referee From World Cup For Offering To Fix Match

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.

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

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.

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 international level.

“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 statement from SAFF reads.

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

“After the president of Ittihad club presented what was in his possession to the Federation of Football, the Saudi Federation sent this conversation to the Chairman of the General Directorate of Sport, who in turn informed the competent authorities in all details.

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

Al Mirdasi was one of the referees in last year’s Confederations Cup in Russia, where he oversaw the third-place match between Mexico and Portugal. He also also officiated in the 2016 Olympic Games.

It is now up to FIFA to determine what action should be taken on the global level.

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