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Saudis suspend World Cup referee over bribery

AFP  |  Riyadh 

The Saudi Federation have banned referee for life over bribery and urged to remove him from the pool of referees for in

Mirdasi was suspended for offering to take a bribe to influence the outcome of a match, the federation's disciplinary and ethics committee said late Tuesday.

The 32-year-old is one of Saudi Arabia's most prominent referees, having earned a badge in 2011 and officiating at the Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and the Confederations Cup in in 2017.

Mirdasi was chosen to referee final between top clubs and on Saturday but was pulled from the roster just a few hours before the game.

In a statement, the disciplinary and ethics committee said Mirdasi had approached the of asking him for a bribe to enable his team to win.

"The Ittihad called the Saudi Federation to state there was evidence that had reached out via text messages on He asked for an illegal sum of money in exchange for helping his team win the game," it said.

The case was referred to the Saudi Federation, then the -- the highest authority in the kingdom -- triggering an administrative investigation.

Mirdasi confessed to the charges, according to the statement, and it was decided "to deprive him from participating in any football activity for life". The committee recommended that officially request to remove Mirdasi from the list of referees participating in and suspend him for life.

"Our integrity is above all considerations," said Turki Al-Sheikh, of the

Mirdasi was one of five Arab referees chosen by FIFA to officiate at

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 14:30 IST