World Cup ref­eree banned in Saudi match-fix­ing case

The Expositor (Brantford) - - SPORTS -

RIYADH, Saudi Ara­bia — A Saudi Ara­bian ref­eree due to be over­see­ing games at the World Cup in Rus­sia has been banned from soc­cer for life in his coun­try.

The Saudi Ara­bian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion says Fa­had Al Mir­dasi asked for money to help a team win.

Al Mir­dasi was dropped from ref­er­ee­ing Satur­day’s King’s Cup fi­nal after an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was opened. The SAFF says Al Mir­dasi used the What­sApp mes­sag­ing ser­vice to ask Al-It­ti­had of­fi­cial Ha­mad al-Se­naei for money ahead of the game against Al-Faisaly.

Al Mir­dasi is one of 36 ref­er­ees cho­sen by FIFA to work the 64 games at the World Cup.

FIFA says it “notes the in­for­ma­tion that ref­eree Fa­had Al Mir­dasi has al­legedly been banned for life from all foot­ball­re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties” and is now re­quest­ing more in­for­ma­tion from the SAFF.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.