Unpopular referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz hands out FIFTEEN yellows and TWO red cards in Barcelona’s 1-1 derby draw with Espanyol… in his first game since he also showed 15 bookings in Argentina’s ill-tempered World Cup clash with Holland
- Antonio Mateu Lahoz handed out 15 yellow cards and two red cards on Saturday
- He took charge of Barcelona’s feisty derby clash with Espanyol at the Nou Camp
- This was his first match since being the man in the middle for Argentina-Holland
- In that World Cup quarter-final, he brandished 15 yellow cards and a red card
Antonio Mateu Lahoz took centre stage once again in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Espanyol, as the Spanish referee brandished 15 yellow cards and two red cards at the Nou Camp.
After Marcos Alonso had given Barcelona an early lead, Lahoz started to become more involved as the first half wore on, and he booked four players before the break.
As Espanyol searched for an equaliser, the atmosphere inside the stadium changed when Mateu Lahoz awarded the visitors a penalty, which Joselu converted to bring his side level.
Antonio Mateu Lahoz sent off Espanyol’s Vinicius Souza in the second half at the Nou Camp
Mateu Lahoz handed out two red cards, and also used his yellow card on 13 occasions
Jordi Alba (left) was also given his marching orders after protesting too vociferously
The animosity between the two teams ramped up after this controversial decision, leading to a chaotic period where Mateu Lahoz handed out five yellow cards and two red cards in the space of just six minutes.
Jordi Alba was the first player to be given his marching orders as he was given two yellow cards in the space of four minutes for his protests to Mateu Lahoz.
Espanyol’s Vinicius Souza was sent for an early shower two minutes later as both teams were reduced to 10 men.
Mateu Lahoz wasn’t done there, though. He also showed Souza’s team-mate Leandro Cabrera a red card after adjudging that the defender had deliberately caught Robert Lewandowski in the head with his boot.
Tempers boiled over in the second half, and Mateu Lahoz struggled to gain control of the game
He was advised to consult the pitchside monitor by VAR, and subsequently rescinded the red card, having determined that the contact was accidental.
Tensions continued to run high in the final minutes of the game, and Mateu Lahoz decided to use his cards once more, booking Barcelona manager Xavi, and winger Raphinha, who was substituted in the second half for complaining about his decisions.
In total, Mateu Lahoz gave out 17 cards, although this was only one more than in his last match at the World Cup.
Mateu Lahoz was taking charge of his first game since Argentina’s clash with Holland
The 45-year-old took charge of Argentina’s quarter-final clash with Holland in Qatar, and struggled to gain control of the ill-tempered affair.
He ended up booking 15 players and sending off Denzel Dumfries after the penalty shootout as Argentina progressed following a dramatic contest.
Despite coming out on the winning side, Lionel Messi and Emiliano Martinez were both critical of Mateu Lahoz’s performance, and he was sent home from the tournament shortly afterwards.
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