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Saudis suspend World Cup referee over bribery

The Saudi Football Federation have banned referee Fahad al-Mirdasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Mirdasi was suspended after admitting 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 FIFA badge in 2011 and officiating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the

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