A World Cup-bound Saudi referee chosen by Federation Internationale de Football Association has been banned for life at home for a matchfixing attempt just days before he was due to fly to Russia.
The 32-year-old referee made the approach to Al Ittihad chief Hamad Al-Senaie, who immediately handed over the WhatsApp messages to SAFF officials who in turn alerted the relevant government authorities, SAFF said.
'He confirmed that he had evidence which highlights Al Mirdasi offering help for money.
A referee who was scheduled to officiate games at next month's World Cup has been banned for life amid allegations of match-fixing.
The federation accused the referee of asking Saudi club al-Ittihad head for a bribe, just hours before his team's King's Cup final clash with al-Faisaly which Mirdasi was due to officiate.
"Al Mirdasi was in custody and had been presented to the administrative investigation".
Al Mirdasi was among the referees for last year's Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, where he oversaw the third-place match between Mexico and Portugal, having also officiated at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Reuters reported SAFF asked world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association to impose a life global ban as well as removing him from the World Cup list. He was also a referee at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
However, world soccer's governing body has requested more information before taking actions against Al Mirdasi, who officiated last year's third spot playoffs between Portugal and Mexico at the Confederations Cup and was one of five Arab referees designated for this year's World Cup.