World Cup referee Fahad Al Mirdasi under investigation in Saudi Arabia a month before Russia 2018 kick-off
- Referee Fahad Al Mirdasi has been placed under investigation in Saudi Arabia
- He had been due to officiate Saturday’s King’s Cup final before being removed
- The Saudi Football Federation has not specified the nature of the investigation
- Al Mirdasi, 32, was one of the Asian refs selected by FIFA for the 2018 World Cup
A World Cup-bound referee, who is one of Asian football’s most experienced officials, has been placed under investigation in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Football Federation removed Fahad Al Mirdasi from overseeing the King’s Cup final on Saturday after referring him to administrative investigators.
The federation statement on Twitter did not specify the nature of the investigation into the 32-year-old Al Mirdasi.
Saudi referee Fahad Al Mirdasi pictured earlier this year at a 2018 FIFA World Cup seminar
FIFA says ‘the matter is with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation,’ declining to offer further comment on his status at the World Cup, which starts in a month in Russia.
Al Mirdasi was selected for last year’s Confederations Cup, which served as the World Cup warm-up tournament in Russia.
He oversaw the third-place game between Mexico and Portugal where two penalties were awarded, two players were sent off in extra time and Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was also dismissed.
Al Mirdasi was also a referee at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Al Mirdasi with FIFA boss Gianni Infantino after the 2017 Confederations Cup third-place game
Author: Nancy Parker
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