Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

WC referee 'banned for match-fixing bid'

WC referee 'banned for match-fixing bid'

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.

Saudi Arabia have banned a referee for life for a match-fixing attempt, weeks before he had been due to fly to Russian Federation to officiate at the football World Cup.

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 received a FIFA badge in 2011, has officiated in quite a number of colossal matches like the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the Confederations Cup in 2017 in Russian Federation, and as such is one of Saudi Arabia's high-flying referees.

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"FIFA has requested more information from the SAFF before making any further comments".

Mirdasi was dropped from refereeing Saturday's King's Cup final after an investigation was opened.

A referee who was scheduled to officiate games at next month's World Cup has been banned for life amid allegations of match-fixing.

'Al Mirdasi was in custody and had been presented then to the administrative investigation. "He asked for an illegal sum of money in exchange for helping his team win the game", it said.

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

Al Mirdasi, who is still on the list of officials heading to Russian Federation for the World Cup, confessed to offering to fix the match between Al-Ittihad and Al-Faisaly in Saudi Arabia.

"Our integrity is above all considerations", said Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the General Authority for Sport.

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