Red card: World Cup ref banned for life just weeks before Russia 2018

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

Fahad Al Mirdasi had confessed to offering to fix Saturday's King's Cup final on behalf of the Al Ittihad club, the country's football federation (SAFF) said.

Banned for life: Fahad Al Mirdasi will not officiate at the World Cup in Russia or anywhere after being hit with the toughest of sanctions.

SAFF said late on Tuesday it had asked FIFA to impose a life global ban as well as removing him from the World Cup list.

The 32-year-old referee made the approach to Al Ittihad chief Hamad Al-Senaie, who immediately handed over the WhatsApp messages to SAFF officials. They alerted the relevant government authorities.

Al Mirdasi was taken into police custody where he confessed to soliciting the corrupt payment, the statement from the SAFF ethics committee added.

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 English Premier League official Mark Clattenburg.

Clattenburg, who was appointed head of refereeing last year at the SAFF, stepped in to replace Al Mirdasi on the eve of the game.

Al Mirdasi has been on the FIFA referees' list since 2011 and officiated at last year's Confederations Cup in Russia.

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