Wednesday, 30 May 2018

FIFA statement on the situation of the Saudi Arabian referee Fahad Al Mirdasi

FIFA has released an official statement about the Saudi referee. 

With reference to the current situation of the Saudi referee Mr. Fahad AL MIRDASI, the FIFA Referees Committee has considered that the conditions to be selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ are not satisfied anymore and therefore has decided that the selection of Mr. Fahad AL MIRDASI is withdrawn with immediate effect.

In line with FIFA’s overall philosophy of seeking to appoint match officials together as a team of three during the preparation, the FIFA Referees Committee has therefore also decided to remove the two assistant referees Mohammed AL ABAKRY and Abdulah ALSHALWAI, who are in Referee AL MIRDASI’s team.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have been officially informed.

The FIFA Referees Committee has taken the decision not to directly replace Mr. AL MIRDASI. However, two assistant referees - Mr. Hasan ALMAHRI (UAE) and Mr. Hiroshi YAMAUCHI (JPN) - will be nominated for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ to work as Assistant Referees to Mohammed Mohammed ABDULLA (UAE) and Ryuji SATO (JPN) respectively, who have already been appointed to officiate at the tournament.

Source: FIFA.COM


  1. In fact, FIFA said nothing. We have just to accept Saudi federation's statements.
    Nothing else will be known. We will staty with our doubts. How Al Mirdasi disappeared from international stage? A mystery.

  2. Basically, FIFA supported SAFF's decision.

    The phrase "the conditions to be selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ are not satisfied anymore" says it all.

  3. I feel very sorry for his 2 assistant referees

    1. That's the most tragic part... The 2 ARs were about to take part in a WC which would be the pinnacle of their careers... In spite of no fault of their own, they still miss out so close to the start of the tournament... I can't imagine how much pain they might be going through!


    A newspaper with "significant Saudi state bias" vilifies Al-Midarsi, I do fear sth isn't as it seems.

    I suppose we will never know what actually happened...

    1. To be fair, it's all more than clear now... Al-Mirdasi as FIFA referee is now history unfortunately :(

    2. that is true but i am affraid we wont know real reasons why for a long time


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