Saudis Sus­pend World Cup Ref­eree Over Bribery

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RIYADH (Dis­patches) - The Saudi Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion have banned ref­eree Fa­had al-Mir­dasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to re­move him from the pool of ref­er­ees for the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia.

Mir­dasi was sus­pended for of­fer­ing to take a bribe to in­flu­ence the out­come of a match, the fed­er­a­tion’s dis­ci­plinary and ethics com­mit­tee said late Tues­day.

The 32-year-old is one of Saudi Ara­bia’s most prom­i­nent ref­er­ees, hav­ing earned a FIFA badge in 2011 and of­fi­ci­at­ing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup in Rus­sia in 2017.

Mir­dasi was cho­sen to ref­eree Saudi Ara­bia’s Kings Cup fi­nal be­tween top clubs Al-Faisaly and Al-It­ti­had on Satur­day but was pulled from the ros­ter just a few hours be­fore the game.

In a state­ment, the dis­ci­plinary and ethics com­mit­tee said Mir­dasi had ap­proached the pres­i­dent of Al-It­ti­had ask­ing him for a bribe to en­able his team to win.

“The It­ti­had pres­i­dent Ha­mad Al-Sanayeh called the Saudi Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion to state there was ev­i­dence that Fa­had Al-Mir­dasi had reached out via text mes­sages on What­sApp. He asked for an il­le­gal sum of money in ex­change for help­ing his team win the game,” it said.

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