Mirdasi has been suspended for accepting a bribe to influence the outcome of a match, said Tuesday the disciplinary committee and ethics of the Saudi Football Federation. The 32-year-old man is one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent referees, having been awarded a FIFA badge in 2011 and officiating at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the FIFA World Cup ™. Confederations in Russia in 2017.
He was chosen to referee the Saudi Kings Cup final between top Al-Faisaly and Al-Ittihad clubs on Saturday, but was removed from the lineup a few hours before the match.
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In his statement, the Saudi Federation’s Discipline and Ethics Committee said that Mirdasi had approached the president of Al-Ittihad and offered him to benefit his team in exchange for a sum of money.
“Al-Ittihad President Hamad Al-Sanayeh called the Federation to say there was evidence that Fahad Al-Mirdasi had made contact via WhatsApp messages. He asked for an illegal sum of money in exchange for help for a team to win the match, “added the Committee.
The case was sent back to the Saudi Federation, then to the General Sports Authority, the kingdom’s highest sports authority, which triggered an administrative investigation. Mr Mirdasi confessed, declares the statement, and has been recommended to “deprive him of any football activity for life”.
For its part, FIFA “asked more information from the Saudi Football Federation” on Wednesday, and took “note” of the decision of the Saudi authorities concerning the referee.