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December 12, 2022

Controversial referee Mateu Lahoz sent home after Messi’s outburst

Controversial referee Mateu Lahoz sent home after Messi’s outburst
By Miftaudeen Raji 

After officiating Argentina’s chaotic clash with Holland in the World Cup quarter-finals, the officiating referee Mateu Lahoz has reportedly been sent home. 

Recall that Argentine captain, Lionel Messi led the criticism of Lahoz performance after the ref dished out a record number of yellow cards for the tempestuous World Cup game.

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Argentina and Holland’s memorable World Cup clash has been nicknamed the Battle of Lusail 2, after as many as 15 players received a booking on the field while Denzel Dumfries was sent off after the penalty shoot-out.

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni and coach Walter Samuel also received a yellow card, respectively.

According to report the Spanish ref has now been given his marching orders after his widely-criticised officiating orders at the conflicting FIFA World Cup game.

Vanguard gathered that the ref will not be given another game and has been sent home after the quarter-final.

Despite Argentina winning out on penalties, the Argentine players appeared most annoyed at Lahoz.

Messi’s outburst

After the game, Messi said, “I think Fifa must take care of this, it cannot put a referee like that for a match of such magnitude, of such importance.

“The referee cannot fail to be up to the task.”

Goalkeeper Emi Martinez was even more scathing in his assessment of the “useless” referee.

The Aston Villa stopper said, “The ref gave everything to them. It all turned upside down.

“He gave 10 minutes extra time for no reason. He just wanted them to score. 

“That referee is crazy. Arrogant. You say something to him and he talks back to you. It’s crazy. Because Spain were eliminated, he wanted to eliminate us. 

“He is the worst referee at the World Cup. Hopefully we won’t have him again – he’s useless.”

Battle of Lusail 2 

Argentina won the hot-tempered clash on penalties after a thrilling and chaotic 120 minutes.

Emi Martinez and Luuk de Jong went head-to-head as tempers threatened to spill over.

Messi found Nahuel Molina with a brilliant pass in the first-half as Scaloni’s side took the lead.

The 35-year-old talisman then converted from the spot in the 73rd minute to seemingly settle the game.

But two dramatic and late goals from Wout Weghorst sent the tie to extra-time.

The Burnley loanee later clashed with Messi during the post-match interviews, while the PSG star also lashed out at Holland boss Louis van Gaal.