Asia Cup 2018
  1. You Are At:
  2. Home
  3. Sports News
  4. Soccer News
  5. FIFA drops Saudi referee from World Cup after fixing ban

FIFA drops Saudi referee from World Cup after fixing ban

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said two weeks ago that Fahad Al Mirdasi asked for money to help a team win a cup final.

Reported by: AP , Zurich (Switzerland) [ Published on: May 31, 2018 15:26 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES

FIFA logo.

FIFA has dropped referee Fahad Al Mirdasi from the World Cup after he was banned from football for life in Saudi Arabia over match-fixing.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said two weeks ago that Fahad Al Mirdasi asked for money to help a team win a cup final.

Now FIFA says its referees' committee has decided that his conditions to be selected for the World Cup in Russia "are not satisfied anymore."

As a result, the entire Saudi refereeing team has been removed from the tournament, including two assistants.

FIFA says Al Mirdasi won't be directly replaced. Instead, the governing body will take two additional assistant referees from the United Arab Emirates and Japan.

Write a comment

Asia Cup Schedule 2018

Live Scorecard

ASIA CUP 2018 Points Table

Group A

  • Teams Matches Wins Losses Points NRR
  • India 4 4 0 8 +1.333
  • Pakistan 4 2 2 4 -0.556
  • Hong Kong 2 0 2 0 -1.748

Group B

  • Teams Matches Wins Losses Points NRR
  • Afghanistan 4 2 2 4 -0.065
  • Bangladesh 4 2 2 2 -0.645
  • Sri Lanka 2 0 2 0 -2.280