Fahad Al Mirdasi was due to fly to Russia in the coming weeks but Saudi Arabia's soccer federation (SAFF) said on Wednesday that he had been suspended after it emerged he had offered to fix a match last weekend.
The keeper, who had earned a FIFA badge in 2011 and officiating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation in 2017, was chosen to referee Saudi Arabia's Kings Cup final between top clubs Al-Faisaly and Al-Ittihad on Saturday but was pulled from the roster just a few hours before the game. The SAFF says Al Mirdasi used the WhatsApp messaging service to ask Al-Ittihad official Hamad al-Senaei for money ahead of the game against Al-Faisaly.More news: Workers at DFW Airport used flights to distribute meth
Following the SAFF's sanction, Al Mirdasi is now forbidden from participating in any football-related activity for the rest of his life.
In a statement, Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) said the official had attempted to fix a match and, therefore, he has been banned from football for life. "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".More news: CBS adds revival of 'Murphy Brown' and new take on 'Magnum PI'
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.
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. He was also a referee at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.More news: Turkish banker in Iran sanctions case faces sentencing