Imago/PA Images
# red carded
Fifa drop Saudi referee from World Cup after attempted match-fixing
Fahad al-Mirdasi banned in Saudi Arabia after being reported for soliciting a bribe ahead of the King’s Cup Final.

A SAUDI REFEREE who has admitted soliciting a bribe has been dropped from 2018 World Cup duty, the Fifa Referees Committee confirmed today.

The 32-year-old Fahad al-Mirdasi refereed games at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and the 2017 Confederations Cup and had been set to oversee World Cup games in Russia.

“Mr. Fahad al-Mirdasi is withdrawn with immediate effect,” a Fifa statement said.

As referees at the 2018 World Cup were selected in teams of three, Mirdasi’s two assistants Mohammed al-Abakry and Abdulah al-Shalwai are also deselected, the Fifa Referees Committee said. No direct replacement has been named for Mirdasi, but assistant referees Hasan Al-Mahri (UAE) and Hiroshi Yamauchi (Japan) have been added to the panel of officials.

Two weeks ago Mirdasi was given a lifetime ban in Saudi Arabia after admitting soliciting a bribe from a Saudi club, according to the Saudi Football Federation.

Mirdasi had been scheduled to oversee Saudi’s King’s Cup final earlier this month but was suddenly replaced a few hours before kick-off.

FA chief executive confirms Premier League set for mid-season break

Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel