Less than month before finals, World Cup ref banned for attempted match-fixing

What does FIFA do when a referee it selected to work at the World Cup gets caught attempting to fix a match?

That's the inconvient situation it faces less than a month before the finals kick off in Russia after Saudi Arabia banned 32-year-old Fahad Al Mirdasi from soccer for life for proposing to fix Saturday’s King’s Cup final.

Al Mirdasi asked Al Ittihad's Hamad Al-Senaie for money to fix the match against Al Faisaly in Jeddah. Al-Senaie handed over Al Mirdasi's WhatsApp messages to Saudi Arabian Football Federation, which has asked FIFA to extend the ban world-wide.

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg, who heads Saudi Arabia's refereeing program, took charge of the final.

FIFA noted the Saudi ban and was seeking more information on Al Mirdasi, one of six referees from Asia named to work at the World Cup. Two Saudis -- Mohammed Al Abakry and Abdulah Alshalwai -- were named assistant referees.

World Cup 2018 referees (Asia):
Fahad Al Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Mohammed Abdulla Mohamed (UAE)
Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Nawaf Abdulla Shukralla (Bahrain)
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