The press remembers the controversial decision of Mateu Lahoz with Messi a few hours after refereeing the Argentina-Netherlands

Argentina holds her breath on the eve of the encounter that confronts her selection and of Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Qatar the penultimate obstacle to reissue a title that has resisted them since the distant 1986. And all eyes are on Leo Messi, the undisputed star of the albiceleste team, and everything that surrounds him. Including the referee, at the time an old acquaintance of the former Barcelona player and that the Argentine fans have in their sights: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz.

The Argentine press has been in charge of remembering that Mateu Lahoz was the referee who admonished Messi at the end of November 2020 for celebrate a goal against Osasuna and take off the Barça shirt to show a newell’s t shirt that he wore underneath in homage to Diego Armando Maradona, deceased four days earlier.

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Even the newspaper ‘Clarín’ delves into the controversial decision and recalls what the referee reflected in the minutes: “In the 73rd minute the player (10) Messi Cuccittini, Lionel Andrés was booked for the following reason: For taking off his shirt, after scoring a goal, showing a new Newells Old Boys team shirt, from the 93/94 season , with the bib number 10 on his back”.

Mateu Lahoz, who has already refereed the Qatar-Senegal and Iran-United States games at this World Cup, will be assisted by linemen Pau Cebrián and Roberto Díaz, while the fourth referee will be the South African Víctor Gomes.


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