The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) have handed a lifetime ban to referee Fahad Al Mirdasi, who is due to officiate at this summer’s World Cup, after he admitted to match-fixing. 

The 32-year-old confessed to offering to fix last Saturday’s King Cup final between Al-Ittihad and Al-Faisaly after the SAFF placed him under investigation.

The governing body removed Al Mirdasi from overseeing the match, after referring him to administrative investigators, and former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg stepped in on the eve of the game to take over officiating duties.

Saudi referee Fahad Al Mirdasi has been handed a lifetime ban following match-fixing claim

Saudi referee Fahad Al Mirdasi has been handed a lifetime ban following match-fixing claim

Saudi referee Fahad Al Mirdasi has been handed a lifetime ban following match-fixing claim

The SAFF have now requested FIFA hand him a lifetime global ban as well as removing him from the World Cup list. 

Following the SAFF’s sanction, Al Mirdasi is now forbidden from participating in any football-related activity for the rest of his life.

‘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,’ said a SAFF statement. 

‘He confirmed that he had evidence which highlights Al Mirdasi offering help for money.

‘After the president of Ittihad club presented what was in his possession to the Federation of Football, the Saudi Federation sent this conversation to the Chairman of the General Directorate of Sport, who in turn informed the competent authorities in all details.

‘Al Mirdasi was in custody and had been presented then to the administrative investigation. Following the investigations, the Saudi Federation received the report of the competent authorities, which proved the charge against the referee under his personal confession of the request for bribery.’

Al Mirdasi has been on the FIFA referees’ list since 2011 and officiated at last year’s Confederations Cup in Russia.

Al Mirdasi with FIFA boss Gianni Infantino after the 2017 Confederations Cup third-place game

Al Mirdasi with FIFA boss Gianni Infantino after the 2017 Confederations Cup third-place game

Al Mirdasi with FIFA boss Gianni Infantino after the 2017 Confederations Cup third-place game

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