World Cup 2018 referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi under investigation by Saudi FA

Saudi official, one of 36 referees chosen by Fifa for Russia, was replaced for the King’s Cup final on Sunday amid ongoing probe

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 May, 2018, 10:31am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 May, 2018, 10:31am

A referee selected for the World Cup is being investigated by Saudi Arabian authorities, the nation’s football association has said.

Fahad Al-Mirdasi, one of 36 referees chosen by Fifa for Russia, was replaced by English official Mark Clattenberg for the King’s Cup final between Al-Ittihad and Al-Faisaly on Sunday.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said on its Twitter account that Al-Mirdasi was under “administrative investigation” but did not specify the nature of the probe.

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Al-Mirdasi was selected for last year’s Confederations Cup in Russia, a warm-up for the June 14-July 15 World Cup.