FIFA rule out Saudi referees from World Cup
FIFA have ruled out the entire Saudi refereeing team consisting of Fahad Al-Mirdasi, Abdullah Al-Shalawi and Mohammed Al-Abkari from the 2018 World Cup.
The Saudi referees were ruled out after Al-Mirdasi was banned for life by the Saudi Football Federation for match-fixing attempt as he confessed to offering to fix the King’s Cup final between Al-Ittihad and Al-Faisaly. This urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The news forced international referee Al-Shalawi, the assistant referee, to retire after being officially excluded from participating in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“There is nothing left to stay for,” Al Shalawi told Al Riyadiah newspaper as he thanked all those who supported him from the start of his career until the announcement of the final list of the 2018 World Cup referees.
Al-Shalawi’s retirement comes after a 16-year career during which he participated in many international events and achieved the title of the best Asian Assistant Referee in 2015.
FIFA chose an Emirati refereeing team led by Mohammed Abdullah and he will be assisted by Mohammed Al Hammadi and Hasan Al Muhri to take part in the World Cup instead of the Saudi team.
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