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Saudi FA give referee lifetime ban

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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has handed referee Fahad Al Mirdasi a lifetime ban for a match-fixing scandal and have asked FIFA to remove him from this summer’s World Cup

The match official was given the life-long suspension from officiating in professional football after confessing that he had accepted bribes to influence the outcome of a match.

The SAFF have now called on FIFA to impose the ban on the 32-year-old for this summer’s World Cup and internationally.

“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,” a statement from SAFF read, via Goal.

“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 was the referee in Portugal’s 2-1 win against Mexico in last summer’s Confederations Cup third-place match in Russia and has also officiated at the 2016 Olympic Games.