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Referee on FIFA World Cup list investigated in Saudi Arabia

A referee selected by FIFA for the World Cup 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. FIFA says the matter is being handled by the Saudi federation. Al Mirdasi is one of Asia's most experienced referees.
By The News · 13 of May 2018 11:16:14
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 file photo, Fiji's Alvin Singh is yellow carded by referee Fahad Al Mirdasi of Saudi Arabia during a group C match of the men's Olympic football tournament between Germany and Fiji at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 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, May 12, 2018 after referred him to administrative investigators. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio, file), No available, FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 file photo, Fiji's Alvin Singh is yellow carded by referee Fahad Al Mirdasi of Saudi Arabia during a group C match of the men's Olympic football tournament between Germany and Fiji at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 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, May 12, 2018 after referred him to administrative investigators. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio, file)

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.

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 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.