Saudi Arabian World Cup referee dropped for match fixing

Fifa has dropped Saudi Arabian referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi from the 2018 World Cup after he was banned for a match-fixing attempt in his country.

Al-Mirdasi was already banned from officiating for life by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF).

The body claims he confessed to trying to fix the King’s Cup final between Al-Ittihad and Al-Faisaly.

After considering evidence, Fifa said “the conditions to be selected for the World Cup are not satisfied anymore”.

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