FIFA Referee Fahad al Mirdasi Dismissed For Life by Saudi Arabian Football Federation

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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has banned referee Fahad al-Mirdasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) says Fahad Al Mirdasi confessed to offering to fix the King’s Cup final between Al Ittihad and Al Faisaly.

In a statement, the disciplinary and ethics committee said Mirdasi had approached the president of Al-Ittihad asking him for a bribe to enable his team to win.

“The Ittihad president Hamad Al-Sanayeh called the Saudi Football Federation to state there was evidence that Fahad Al-Mirdasi had reached out via text messages on WhatsApp. He asked for an illegal sum of money in exchange for helping his team win the game,” it said.

The case was sent to the Saudi Football Federation, then the General Authority for Sport the highest sports authority in the kingdom triggering an administrative investigation.

Mirdasi confessed to the charges, according to the statement, and it was decided “to remove him from participating in any football activity for life”.  

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