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Saudi Arabia Bans World Cup Bound Referee Al Mirdasi For Life Over Match Fixing

Saudi Arabia have banned a referee for life for a match-fixing attempt, weeks before he had been due to fly to Russian Federation to officiate at the football World Cup.

Al Ittihad played Al Faisaly in the King's Cup final at Jeddah's King Abdullah Sports City on Saturday, winning in extra-time in a game refereed by former Premier League official Mark Clattenburg. It added that it had requested Federation Internationale de Football Association hand him a lifetime global ban as well as removing him from the World Cup list.

Al Mirdasi confessed to having requested the bribe, the SFF's Discipline and Ethics Committee said in an online statement.

A referee who was scheduled to officiate games at next month's World Cup has been banned for life amid allegations of match-fixing.

Al Ittihad chief Hamad Al Senaie reported to the Saudi federation that Al Mirdasi had contacted him via WhatsApp and requested money in order to help the team win the game against Al Faisaly, the SFF said.

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The case was referred to the Saudi Football Federation as well as the General Authority for Sport - the highest sports authority in the kingdom - triggering an administrative investigation.

Referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi was listed among FIFA World Cup 2018 officials.

Al Mirdasi was also a referee at the 2016 Rio Olympics. "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".

Denied from participating in any football-related activity for life, the SAFF has also called on FIFA to withdraw Al Mirdasi from next month's World Cup, while approving his life ban on an global level.

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