Match fixing: SAFF wants Al Mirdasi out of W/cup

Life ban for Saudi referee Fahad al Mirdasi over bribery

The relevant government authorities were then notified of Al Mirdasi's actions and was handed a lifetime ban from refereeing in Saudi Arabia - but Federation Internationale de Football Association are yet to take any action on a global level.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has asked FIFA to remove referee Fahad Al Mirdasi from the list of referees for the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia after he was involved in a bribery incident.

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

It was revealed the 32-year-old had approached Al Ittihad chief Hamad Al-Senaie about potentially trying to rig the match in their favour, but the WhatsApp messages were immediately handed over to SAFF officials.

"Al Mirdasi was in custody and had been presented then to the administrative investigation".

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He was replaced overseeing the King's Cup final by Mark Clattenburg, who was set to be selected for the World Cup before leaving England past year to take a job heading refereeing in Saudi Arabia.

The committee recommended that Saudi Arabia officially requested Federation Internationale de Football Association to remove Mirdasi from the list of referees participating in the 2018 World Cup and suspend him for life.

The keeper, who had earned a FIFA badge in 2011 and officiating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation in 2017, 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.

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg, who became the head of referees in Saudi Arabia in February 2017, replaced Al Mirdasi for Saturday's final, which saw Al Ittihad win 3-1 after extra time.

He was one of five Arab referees chosen to officiate in the 2018 World Cup.

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