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World Cup 2018: Referee Handed Lifetime Ban



Referee Fahad Al Mirdasi

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation(SAFF) have handed referee Fahad Al Mirdasi a lifetime ban from any involvement in any football activity and has also requested FIFA to withdraw him from next month’s World Cup in Russia.

World Cup-bound official was handed a lifetime ban on Tuesday after confessing to have offered a bribe to influence the outcome of a match in the King’s Cup final in Saudi Arabia.

Banned from any football related activity in Saudi Arabia, the football federation SAFF have also called on world football governing body FIFA to approve the ban on an international level.

Fahad Al Mirdasi

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

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“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 then 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 among the referees for last year’s Confederations Cup in Russia, where he oversaw the third-place match between Mexico and Portugal, having also officiated at the 2016 Olympic Games.

FIFA will decide whether to uphold the ban on global level or limit the ban to just Saudi Arabian football alone.

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