Federation Internationale de Football Association bans Saudi referee for life over match-fixing bid

  • Federation Internationale de Football Association bans Saudi referee for life over match-fixing bid

Federation Internationale de Football Association bans Saudi referee for life over match-fixing bid

While SAFF has opted to ban Al Mirdasi with immediate effect and "to deprive him from participating in any football activity for life", it has also requested FIFA to prevent him from officiating at the upcoming World Cup.

That's the inconvient situation it faces less than a month before the finals kick off in Russian Federation after Saudi Arabia banned 32-year-old Fahad Al Mirdasi from soccer for life for proposing to fix Saturday's King's Cup final.

Al Mirdasi is one of 36 referees chosen by Federation Internationale de Football Association to work the 64 games at the World Cup.

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

Al Mirdasi confessed to having requested the bribe, the SFF's Discipline and Ethics Committee said in an online statement.

At a time when players, coaches, referees and other stakeholders are looking forward to hitting Russian Federation in a matter of days, referee Fahad Al Mirdasi is on the verge of missing an opportunity to handle the whistle in Russian Federation after he was slammed with a ban 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.

Saudi referee Fahad Al Mirdasi in action during the 2016 Olympic Games match between Germany and Fiji.

Reuters reported SAFF asked world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association to impose a life global ban as well as removing him from the World Cup list.

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

The 32-year-old referee made the approach to Al Ittihad chief Hamad Al-Senaie, who immediately handed over the WhatsApp messages to SAFF officials, Reuters reported.