Para-Powerlifting: Board Suspends Uboh

first_imgEmbattled President of the Powerlifting Federation of Nigeria Queen Uboh-Idris has been suspended by the board over a series of allegations such as unilaterally running the board, misappropriation, and highhandedness. Loading… Read Also:2020 Para Powerlifting World Cup: 125 athletes undergo trials in Lagos According to a board member who pleaded anonymity, “Queen (Uboh-Idris) was called to attend the meeting so that we can listen to her defence, but she claimed to have resigned. We told her that there is a laid down process for an elected board member who desires to resign, but she did not follow that process. Read Also:2020 Para Powerlifting World Cup: 125 athletes undergo trials in Lagos She has therefore not resigned, rather she must cooperate with the investigation that has been ordered,” the source concluded. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different ActorsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayArchaeologists Still Have No Explanation For These Discoveries9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World The suspension came on the heels of the board rejection of Uboh-Idris’ purported resignation deemed not to have followed the dues process making it invalid. The Board has also Set up a panel to probe her fundraising activities for the just concluded Para Powerlifting World Cup, for which she was alleged to have received donations into her private banks’ accounts instead of the Federation’s account. She is also alleged to have repeatedly withheld information from other board members about the just-concluded World Cup.Advertisementlast_img read more

Top 10 Ballon d’Or winners since 1992 ranked by EPL legends

first_imgZinedine Zidane features in the top ten of both lists 4. Ronaldinho Ronaldinho somehow won the award just once, in 2005 – beating English duo Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to the punch. On the Brazilian talent, Wrighty said: “I remember that game at the Bernabeu, everything he did worked, and they gave him a standing ovation. “He is the kind of player that makes the game beautiful.” 3. Ronaldo The Brazilian star won the award twice, five years apart – in 1997 and 2002 – in a career that was blighted by injuries. Amongst other huge achievements, Ronaldo helped fire his nation to the 2002 World Cup in the year of his second and final Ballon d’Or. See below for what Shearer said on the Brazilian icon…. 2. Lionel Messi A six-time winner, Messi was always going to be well up there, but he will have to settle for second in Wrighty’s list. Ronaldinho has split the opinion of pundits Wrighty and Shearer 6. Ronaldinho From No4 on Wright’s list to No6 on Shearer’s, the latter said: “He had that step-over, where he could go both ways. “The whip and bend he put on free-kicks, his balance, ball control and the no-look pass.” 5. Marco van Basten A spot higher on Shearer’s list, he explained: “He was a complete centre forward. There wasn’t anything he wasn’t brilliant at. “And let’s talk about that volley (Euro 1988) – the connection, the technique… it was sensational!” 4. Zinedine Zidane Again a single place higher on Shearer’s list, the ex-Newcastle star said: “He was the best player I ever played against. “His balance stood out to me, and his ability to control the ball with either foot. “The way he went past people and caressed or ‘loved’ the ball, was just incredible.” Barcelona legend Messi has won the gong in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019. See below for what Shearer said on the Argentine wizard… 1. Cristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or five times, seemingly alternating with Messi, coming out trumps in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. On the Juventus star, who enjoyed most of his success at Real Madrid, Wright said: “He’s done it in different leagues and continually pushes himself. “His work-rate, his total drive for perfection, to get where he is, I think he pips it as the top man. “Even at 35, there’s no resting on his laurels. He’s an unbelievable role model.” Rivaldo is another star to make the top ten on both lists 7. Kaka Before Messi and Ronaldo dominated the show, Kaka won the 2007 Ballon d’Or thanks to his incredible performances at AC Milan, including winning the Champions League that year. On the Brazilian star, Wrighty said: “That game against Manchester United (Champions League semi-final 2007, 5-3 aggregate win) was almost the perfect performance. “He scored twice (in the first leg and once more in the second) – and his overall play was exemplary.” 6. Marco van Basten The Dutch legend claimed the first Ballon d’Or title of the Premier League era, in 1992. He edged out Hristo Stoichkov and Bergkamp to the top gong. See below for Shearer’s thoughts on the Euro 1988-winning superstar… 5. Zinedine Zidane For such a talented player, it’s a surprise to see Zidane won just ONE Ballon d’Or – having come close on a number of other occasions. The France legend clinched the trophy in 1998 and Wright said: “When people say poetry in motion, you watch Zidane and you get it.” Lionel Messi takes the top spot in Alan Shearer’s list 3. Ronaldo Also No3 on Shearer’s list, he revealed: “Look at the clubs he’s played for, and his goalscoring record at PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona. “When Bobby Robson came to Newcastle he said he enquired about me going to Barcelona but Blackburn said I wasn’t for sale so they signed Ronaldo instead. I think they got a good deal!” 2. Cristiano Ronaldo Dropping a place in Shearer’s head, he explained: “Ronaldo’s made himself as good as he is. “He’s had to work hard, it’s probably been more natural for Messi in terms of skill, but they’re both staggering.” 1. Lionel Messi The winner for Shearer, beating Ronaldo, he said: “The standard that these two have set, they’ve taken goalscoring to a different level. Read Also: Messi donates €500k towards the fight against COVID-19 “Look at how many appearances and goals they’ve had, it’s bonkers. “We’re so lucky to live in this era where we’re seeing the football these two produce. “To get to the top is one thing, but to stay there and have that hunger to keep on performing – I can’t emphasise enough the dedication they must have to keep doing it year in, year out.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Figo earned 197 voting points to Zidane’s 181. Andriy Shevchenko was third that year. See below for what Shearer said on Figo… 8. Rivaldo Then at Barcelona, Rivaldo beat David Beckham to the top gong in 1999, but would arguably go on to bigger and better things, including winning the 2002 World Cup. Wright said: “He was really slight but I thought he was magnificent in the 2002 World Cup final and scored some unbelievable goals at Barca – like that overhead kick against Valencia (in 2001).” Messi and Ronaldo feature in the top two on both lists – but who is No1? With no live sport on the TV to get our teeth into, sporting debates, fictional dream teams and classic throwback matches have been the order of the day. From the decade-long Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo debate to Jamie Carragher’s Best XI challenges, people have been finding ways to cure the lockdown blues.center_img Cristiano Ronaldo comes in at No1 on Ian Wright’s list 10. Roberto Baggio After earning the No10 spot in Wright’s list, Shearer has whacked him in at the same spot. Shearer said: “He could play anywhere across the front. He had quick feet and was great travelling with the ball.” 9. Rivaldo The 1999 winner is a spot lower on Shearer’s list have coming in at No8 on Wright’s. See above for what Wrighty said about the Brazilian… 8. Luis Figo On the 2000 winner, Shearer said: “We were comfortable against Portugal at Euro 2000. Then he stepped on the gas and they won 3-2. “He went past players like it was easy, effortless. And he had the balls to go from Barca to Real.” 7. Kaka Speaking of the 2007 winner, also No7 on Wright’s list, Shearer said: “He was so quick, elegant and smooth. He had great vision and scored some unbelievable goals.” Wright and Shearer have somehow whittled their list of winners down to a top ten each And Ian Wright and Alan Shearer killed a bit of time by selecting their top ten Ballon d’Or winners. Since the award’s first appearance, there have been 18 different winners – with only TWO coming from the Premier League – Michael Owen (2001) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2008). But with some massive names winning the award, who makes each pundit’s top ten? Here’s what they said, while speaking on the BBC’s Match of the Day podcast… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Ways Drones Are Going To Change Our LivesWorld’s Most Beautiful Ceilings That Will Take Your Breath Away7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should See Loading… IAN WRIGHT 10. Roberto Baggio Baggio won the Ballon d’Or in 1993, during his time at Juventus, beating Dennis Bergkamp and Eric Cantona to the award. Looking back at the Italian’s greatness, Wright said: “Toto Schillaci got the goals in 1990 but at that tournament (World Cup Italia 90), along with Paul Gascoigne, Baggio was outstanding. “He dealt with the pressure of playing in his own country and being their creative player.” 9. Luis Figo The Portuguese maestro won the award in 2000, narrowly edging out Zinedine Zidane in one of the closest-run races in Ballon d’Or history.last_img read more

Hughton eyes further reinforcements

first_img Redmond, 19, on Thursday became the Norfolk club’s third signing of the summer when he moved from Birmingham, following the permanent deal for on-loan Lazio defender Javier Garrido and a record £8.5million transfer of Holland forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Hughton stressed he was looking to further bolster his squad ahead of their training camp in Austria and a three-match pre-season tour to the United States. “We have got no particular number on how many more will come in. We are no different to anybody else. We won’t bring in unless we feel it benefits us,” Hughton told a press conference. Press Association “The target is always to bring in players as soon as possible to integrate them into the squad. If you look across the Premier League some have done good business, others have hardly done any. It really is about using the period of time you are allowed in the best way. “That means we are allowed until the end of August, but I want to stress again it is about adding to what we have and we are happy with what we have here already. If we can do it earlier, then great.” A £4.8million bid for Sweden attacking midfielder Ola Toivonen is said to have been lodged with PSV Eindhoven, while Lokomotiv Moscow’s £6million-rated Senegal striker Dame N’Doye and Blackburn left-back Martin Olsson are two other reported targets for Hughton. England goalkeeper Ruddy, meanwhile, is very much on Chelsea’s radar as new manager Jose Mourinho seeks cover for Petr Cech. The Blues are understood to be ready to improve on their £5million offer which was rejected. Captain Grant Holt has also been linked with a move away from Carrow Road. Hughton, though, went on the defensive when asked if bids had been lodged for any of his key men. The Norwich boss said: “No, and probably if there was I wouldn’t say it. The best way is to conduct business behind closed doors. You see we have been able to present Ricky and Nathan as done deals this week and that is fact. “Around those sort of transfers there is only a small fraction of what you hear that is actually fact. By far the vast majority is very much speculation. If there has been interest in our players then that is a plus as far as I am concerned because we must be doing something right.” center_img Norwich manager Chris Hughton will continue to look for more quality additions after signing England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond – and has again insisted goalkeeper John Ruddy is not for sale.last_img read more

Union Cabinet approves centre for disability sports at Gwalior

first_imgNew Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the proposal for setting up of a Centre for Disability Sports at Gwalior.To be registered under the Societies Registration Act, the proposed Centre will entail an estimated cost of Rs 170.99 crore and be completed in five years, an official release said.The improved sports infrastructure created by this Centre will ensure effective participation of persons with disabilities in sports activities and also enable them to compete at national and international levels, it said.Setting up of the Centre will develop a sense of belonging in persons with disabilities to facilitate their integration in society, it added. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

USC falls short against rival Notre Dame in South Bend

first_imgNick Entin | Daily TrojanThe Trojans rallied from an early deficit to reclaim the lead in the third quarter but ultimately fell up short to No. 14-ranked Notre Dame, 41-31, on Saturday night.Interim head coach Clay Helton drops to 0-1 at the helm since taking over for Steve Sarkisian earlier this week.“I told the team with every fiber of my being, every fiber, that I truly believe this is a good football team that can be great, but we have to eliminate the mistakes,” Helton said.USC (3-3, 1-2 Pac-12), which hasn’t beaten the Fighting Irish (6-1) in South Bend since 2011, entered the fourth quarter tied with its rival at 31-31, but it gave up back-to-back 90-yard touchdown drives to the Irish on its way to being outscored 17-0 in the final quarter.Notre Dame’s 41 points is the most scored against any USC team since 1977.Despite racking up 590 yards of total offense, the Trojans didn’t have an answer for the Notre Dame rushing attack, which accounted for 214 of the Irish’s 476 yards of total offense.“It is disappointing,” redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler said. “It is not like the effort was not there. It was just when it got down to the end of the game, during crucial points, we did not finish and execute.”Senior running back C.J. Prosise carried the ball 19 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns on the night.In the air, Notre Dame’s sophomore quarterback Deshone Kizer completed 15 of 24 passes on his way to throwing for 227 yards and two touchdowns.Junior wide receiver Will Fuller was on the other end of a 75-yard touchdown pass from Kizer on the Irish’s first play from scrimmage. Fuller caught only three passes on the night but was still able to go off for 131 yards receiving.“C.J. and Fuller, they are tremendous football players,” Helton said. “They did a great job of winning their one-on-one matchups, especially in the deep ball.”Fuller’s touchdown reception quickly answered USC’s seven points on its first drive of the game, which came on a three-yard rush by Kessler.Coming off one of the worst performances of his career, Kessler thew for 365 yards and two touchdowns on 30-of-46 passing but threw two timely interceptions that hurt USC in the fourth quarter.“Those turnovers late were crucial, especially when you play a good football team like that,” Kessler said.After trailing 24-10 in the second quarter, the Trojans responded with two consecutive scoring drives to tie the game at 24.Helton brought out a play from the trick book when he dialed up a reverse pass that had former quarterback and redshirt freshman wide receiver Jalen Greene throwing a 75-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who caught for 139 yards on six receptions.Sophomore Adoree’ Jackson also got involved on offense when he connected with Kessler and jetted off for an 83-yard touchdown.The Trojans had a chance to take a lead into halftime, but a 36-yard kick off the leg of redshirt junior Alex Wood hammered off of the upright.USC carried its momentum into the second half and reclaimed a seven-point lead on a four-yard touchdown pass from Kessler to redshirt junior tight end Taylor McNamara. USC, however, would be shutout for the rest of the game.“I felt like we had the momentum, but we couldn’t stop the inside zone,” junior linebacker Su’a Cravens said.Penalties also continued to hurt USC, which committed 10 on the night for 105 yards.“At the end of the day mistakes hurt us, whether it was penalties, special teams, some missed tackles and some turnovers on offense,” Helton said.Before the game, Athletic Director Pat Haden felt light headed on the sidelines and was taken to the locker room. Haden was taken to a local hospital and checked out fine before heading back to Los Angeles on a private plane, according to a USC official.Haden has been under an increased amount of fire since announcing the termination of former head coach Steve Sarkisian last Monday.The Trojans return home to resume Pac-12 conference play against No. 4-ranked Utah next Saturday.In photos: USC vs Notre Damelast_img read more

Beach volleyball’s 16-game home win streak comes to end

first_imgIn an epic home opener at Merle Norman Stadium against a pair of beach volleyball powerhouses —Pepperdine and UCLA — the Trojans fell on the wrong side of both nail-biting matches 3-2. Freshman Haley Hallgren (above) won both of her matches with her teammate freshman Sammy Slater. Sunny Dong | Daily TrojanThe clash between three of the nation’s top programs was one to remember, as the Trojans fought hard but came just short. Both matches came down to third sets in the teams’ final matchups with both teams anxiously watching their final duos play. Unfortunately for the Trojans, both matches ended in losses leading to the end of their 16-game winning streak.Against UCLA, the Trojans split the fourth and fifth courts. On the fourth court, USC seniors Jo Kremer and Jenna Belton defeated UCLA freshman Mac May and sophomore Savvy Simo 21-12 and 21-15. The fifth court saw UCLA junior Izzy Carey and freshman Megan Muret defeat USC freshman Maja Kaiser and graduate student Alexandra Poletto 21-12 and 21-12.On the second court, USC sophomore Joy Dennis and junior Brianna Sizemore dropped their match 21-11 and 21-18, while freshmen Haley Hallgren and Sammy Slater won their match 21-19 and 21-18, setting up a showdown of both team’s No. 1s to decide the dual. In the deciding match, UCLA juniors Megan and Nicole McNamara downed senior Terese Cannon and junior Abril Bustamante 21-17 and 21-18 to lock down the victory for the visiting Bruins. Against the Pepperdine Waves, the Trojans started off strong with the fifth court team of Kaiser and Poletto defeating juniors Nikki Lyons and Kaity Bailey 21-19 and 21-16. However, soon after, the Trojans were put on the ropes. On the fourth court, Pepperdine’s junior Skylar Caputo and freshman Alexis Filippone defeated Belton and Kremer 19-21, 25-23, 15-12 and the first court match saw freshman Brook Bauer and junior Madalyn Roh defeat Cannon and Bustamante 21-19 and 21-18. After the third court duo of Hallgren and Slater were able to overcome the Waves in three thrilling sets (21-14, 16-21 and 17-15) and keep USC’s hopes alive, both squads turned their attentions to court two where Dennis and Sizemore were locked in a tight battle against Pepperdine senior Corinne Quigle and sophomore Deahna Kraft. After splitting two thrilling sets (21-18, 19-21), Sizemore and Dennis eventually dropped the third 15-13 and the Waves’ celebration began.After two tough losses, head coach Anna Collier said that today can be used as a learning experience“We learned a lot,” Collier said. “If we don’t learn from this and grow, this was all for nothing. You’ll learn more from losing than you ever will from winning.”Collier also said that while the passing of the team left something to be desired in her eyes, she said she was happy with how the team adjusted to their new roles and that one or two plays could have changed the result. “We have to pass better,” she said. “I think if we can do that better, we’ll be fine. I don’t think they did anything that was that special, we just have to finish better.”Despite the losses, Collier praised the team’s tenacity and their willingness to adjust to a new year. “We’re all playing different positions because we have new, young team,” she said. “That’s difficult to do and I thought they embraced that.”The Trojans will look to bounce back in Malibu on Saturday where they will take on both Pepperdine and UCLA again in the Zuma Classic.last_img read more

Duke vs. Michigan State: Picks, predictions for March Madness Elite Eight matchup

first_imgDuke wins if …Michigan State’s defense does not bother Williamson and RJ Barrett does not fall in the love with the jumper. Barrett is shooting 44 percent from the field in the tournament, but that includes a 4-of-14 mark from 3-point range. Tre Jones is Duke’s best defender, and he will be tasked with slowing down Winston. The Blue Devils also might be without Cam Reddish, who missed Friday’s game. Michigan State is a veteran team that will test Duke’s patience. This is a game where Williamson must be at his best. If he is, then the Final Four will be waiting.Michigan State wins if …The Spartans rattle Duke early and get either Barrett or Williamson in foul trouble. Good positioning could draw a charge or two on Williamson. The Blue Devils’ 3-point shooting was the talk coming into the tournament, but they have been slightly better behind the arc (24 of 64) than the Spartans (24 of 66) the last three games. Matt McQuaid hit seven 3-pointers in the Big Ten championship against Michigan. This is a game where either McQuaid or Gabe Brown — who hit four 3s in the victory against LSU — can alter the game with a big night. Michigan State has weathered injuries all season to get to this point. Don’t be surprised if they play looser than usual.Elite Eight pick: DukeIt’s taken this long to get to the stat that will be repeated a few times Sunday. Izzo is 1-11 head-to-head against Krzyzewski. If you go back to that one Michigan State victory in 2006, then you will see an underdog team that got the best of JJ Redick and Shelden Williams. Barrett and Williamson are different talents; this is another game where Williamson must be efficient, and he will be. Duke might need a small second-half comeback to get there, but the Blue Devils advance to another Final Four. SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​Duke is looking for a 13th trip to the Final Four under legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski. Zion Williamson has the Blue Devils in position to make a run at their sixth national championship, but Duke has survived back-to-back close calls to get to the Elite Eight.What more could you ask for? Here is more on what should be a tight Elite Eight matchup in the East Region:No. 2 Michigan StateCoach: Tom Izzo (24 years)Overall record: 31-6Scoring leader: Cassius Winston (18.9 ppg)Rebounding leader: Kenny Goins (9.0 rpg)  Assists leader: Winston (7.6 apg)Famous non-athlete alum: James CaanNo. 1 DukeCoach: Mike Krzyzewski (44 years, 39 at Duke)Overall record: 32-5Scoring leader: RJ Barrett (22.7 ppg)Rebounding leader: Zion Williamson (8.7 rpg)Assists leader: Tre Jones (5.3 apg)Famous non-athlete alum: Apple CEO Tim CookMORE ELITE EIGHT PREVIEWSZags-Tech | UVA-Purdue | Kentucky-AuburnBest individual matchupZion Williamson vs. Michigan State’s defense. Williamson is a force unlike anything even Izzo has seen. The Spartan likely will use their fouls with big men Kenny Goins, Xavier Tillman and even Nick Ward, who suffered a hand injury in the Sweet 16 matchup against LSU. The Spartans also could use Aaron Henry on the star forward. Can Michigan State’s physical style alter Williamson’s efficient game and throw off Duke offensively? UCF succeeded in doing that (albeit with 7-6 center Tacko Fall), and Williamson still shot 12 of 24 from the floor. In the five other games since returning from a knee injury, Williamson is shooting 70.1 percent (68 of 97).Most eye-popping statFor a team that is sound on both sides of the ball, the Spartans have struggled with turnovers in the tournament. Michigan State is minus-14 in turnover margin in three tournament games, and Duke is plus-8. That’s a gap the Spartans must close against a team that can turn those into easy baskets on the other end. Michigan State did have just six turnovers in Friday’s win against LSU, and this is a game where Winston must control the tempo.MORE: Why your team won’t make the Final Four No. 1 Duke meets No. 2 Michigan State in the East Region final on Sunday in a battle of blue-blood programs and legendary coaches. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.This is the marquee matchup of the Elite Eight. The Spartans are looking for an eighth trip to the Final Four under coach Tom Izzo and the Big Ten’s first national championship since the Spartans won it all in 2000. All-American point guard Cassius Winston has Michigan State one step away from that Final Four goal.last_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The junior high building question

first_imgDo you think the Wellington school board should have sold the old junior high building? Yes. No. Ask me again in a couple of years. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments  Loading …last_img read more

Saudis suspend World Cup referee over bribery

first_imgIn a statement, the disciplinary and ethics committee said Mirdasi had approached the president of Al-Ittihad asking him for a bribe to enable his team to win.“The Ittihad president Hamad Al-Sanayeh called the Saudi Football Federation to state there was evidence that Fahad Al-Mirdasi had reached out via text messages on WhatsApp. He asked for an illegal sum of money in exchange for helping his team win the game,” it said.The case was referred to the Saudi Football Federation, then the General Authority for Sport — the highest sports authority in the kingdom — triggering an administrative investigation.Mirdasi confessed to the charges, according to the statement, and it was decided “to deprive him from participating in any football activity for life”.The committee recommended that Saudi Arabia officially request FIFA to remove Mirdasi from the list of referees participating in the 2018 World Cup and suspend him for life.“Our integrity is above all considerations,” said Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the General Authority for Sport.Mirdasi was one of five Arab referees chosen by FIFA to officiate at the 2018 World Cup.Share on: WhatsApp Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | 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 Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017.In a statement to AFP, FIFA said it was looking at the case and seeking more information.“FIFA notes the information that referee Fahad Al Mirdasi has allegedly been banned for life from all football-related activities by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF),” it said.“FIFA has requested more information from the SAFF before making any further comments.”Mirdasi was chosen to referee Saudi Arabia’s Kings Cup final between top clubs Al-Faisaly and Al-Ittihad on Saturday but was pulled from the roster just a few hours before the game.last_img read more