Antonio Mateu Lahoz, a contentious referee, has reportedly been sent home after making some disturbing decisions in a World Cup game he recently officiated.
On December 9th, Lahoz was in charge of Argentina’s match against the Netherlands, and he dished out an incredible 15 yellow cards.
His performance was not well received by either team, with Argentina’s players expressing their displeasure following the game.
Argentina’s captain and talisman, Lionel Messi, led the criticism of Lahoz following the game.
The 35-year-old 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.’
Argentina’s keeper, Emi Martinez joined his skipper in criticising the official’s display, tagging him “useless.”
Martinez said: ‘The referee was just giving everything for them.
‘He gave 10 minutes [added time] for no reason. He was giving free-kicks outside the box for them, like two, three times. He just wanted them to score, that’s basically it. So, hopefully we don’t have that ref anymore. He’s useless.’
Despite their criticism of the referee, Argentina’s won the clash via a penalty shootout.
COPE now reports that Lahoz has been sent home and won’t take part in the remaining four games in any capacity. However, it’s not clear if his departure from the tournament is related to the Argentina vs Netherlands game.