Antonio Mateu Lahoz has been a yellow-card spree, dishing out bookings at regular intervals during the quarterfinal between Argentina and Netherlands.
So far, Lahoz has booked two Argentine officials, eight Argentina players and seven Netherlands players (Dumfries has two yellow cards).
The decision making from the referee prompted Messi, the Argentine captain, to have an animated discussion with the officials after the half-time whistle.
After the drama in the second-half, the total yellow cards in the game reached 18, going past the number of yellow cards - 16 - handed out during Portugal vs Netherlands in the 2006 World Cup, later popularly called the ‘Battle of Nuremberg’.
The players booked by Lahoz so far:
- Walter Samuel (31’) - Argentina coaching staff
- Jurien Timber (43’)
- Marcos Acuna (43’)
- Christian Romero (45’)
- Wout Weghorst (45+2’)
- Memphis Depay (76’)
- Lisandro Martinez (76’)
- Steven Berghuis (88’)
- Leandro Parades (89’)
- Lionel Scaloni (90’) - Argentina manager
- Lionel Messi (90+10’)
- Nicolas Otamendi (90+12’)
- Steven Bergwijn (91’) - ET
- Gonzalo Montiel (109’) - ET
- German Pezzella (112’) - ET
- Denzel Dumfries (128’) - PS
- Denzel Dumfries (129’) - PS (2nd yellow changed to red)
- Noa Lang (129’) - PS
*Updated as per the records on the official FIFA website
Despite being an experienced official, Lahoz is notorious for his controversial decisions.
Lahoz was officiating the Barcelona vs Osasuna game where Lionel Messi paid tribute to Diego Maradona after his death. Much to the displeasure of Argentina and Barcelona fans, Lahoz booked Messi for removing his jersey.
In another instance, Lahoz disallowed a Messi goal when Barcelona played against Atletico Madrid in the 2013-14 La Liga. The match ended in a 1-1 draw and Atletico went on to win the title. Lahoz later apologised to Barcelona for wrongly disallowing the goal, the team’s then assistant manager Elvio Paolorosso revealed.
Similarly, Lahoz sent Pep Guardiola off for dissent during Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal against Liverpool in 2017/18.
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