News ID: 215176
Published: 0116 GMT May 16, 2018

Saudi ref banned over match-fixing attempt

Saudi ref banned over match-fixing attempt

A World Cup-bound referee was banned for life for a match-fixing attempt in Saudi Arabia just weeks before he was due to fly to Russia, said the country's football federation.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) said Fahad al-Mirdasi confessed to offering to fix the King's Cup final between Al Ittihad and Al Faisaly, BBC Sport reported.

According to the SAFF, 32-year-old Mirdasi contacted an Al Ittihad official, who handed the messages over.

FIFA has requested more information.

"FIFA notes the information that referee Fahad al-Mirdasi has allegedly been banned from all football-related activities by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF)," the world governing body told BBC Sport.

The SAFF added that Mirdasi, who has been a FIFA referee since 2011, admitted soliciting the corrupt payment after being taken into police custody.

British former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg – who became Saudi Arabia's head of referees in February 2017 – replaced Mirdasi for Saturday's King's Cup final, which Al Ittihad won 3-1 after extra time.



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