Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz will not oversee any more World Cup matches after feeling the wrath of Argentina star Lionel Messi
The Spaniard was put in charge for the South American’s quarter-final showdown with the Netherlands last week. Despite Argentina emerging victorious via penalty shoot-out, there were huge complaints sent the way of the official.
In what was a bad-tempered clash, Lahoz issued an eye-watering 17 yellow cards with Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries also receiving his marching orders despite the game having already finished.
Meanwhile, two-goal hero Wout Weghorst was also issued with a booking even before he took to the pitch.
Messi, the scorer of Argentina’s second goal in the game, aired his complaints against the match official. He told TyC Sports “This match shouldn’t have ended as it did.
“I don’t want to talk about the referee because they sanction you. But people saw what happened. We were afraid before the match because we knew how he was and I think FIFA has to review this. You can’t put a referee like him for these matches.”
Meanwhile, Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez ruthlessly criticised Lahoz for his performance. He said: “The ref gave everything to them [Netherlands]. It all turned upside down.
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