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

Fahad Al-Mirdasi left is facing a life ban from football

Fahad Al-Mirdasi left is facing a life ban from football

Fahad Al Mirdasi was due to fly to Russia in the coming weeks but Saudi Arabia's soccer federation (SAFF) said on Wednesday that he had been suspended after it emerged he had offered to fix a match last weekend.

Mirdasi eventually confessed to soliciting Sanayeh for money to influence the outcome of the match, which resulted in the Saudi star being given a lifetime ban.

FIFA has acknowledged the knowledge of the life-ban of Mirdasi by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) but are scouting for more information on the issue at hand from SAFF before drawing a conclusion and possible action on it.

"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 statement from SAFF read. Federation Internationale de Football Association has requested more information.

Denied from participating in any football-related activity for life, the SAFF has also called on FIFA to withdraw Al Mirdasi from next month's World Cup, while approving his life ban on an worldwide level. Al Ittihad claimed the title with a 3-1 win over Al Faisaly. This was also disclosed by the Disciplinary and Ethics committee.


'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". He also also officiated in the 2016 Olympic Games.

A consensus was reached by the SAFF "to deprive him from participating in any football activity for life" when he pleaded guilty to the bribe charge before him.

"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)", FIFA told BBC Sport.

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