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FIFA responded to the complaint of Argentine star Lionel Messi against Spanish referee Antonio Mateo Lahoz, who refereed the Netherlands-Argentina match in the 2022 World Cup.
According to the popular radio network in Spain, Cadena Kobe, Lahoz ended his career in the World Cup, to leave Qatar within hours for Spain, after he managed three matches in the World Cup, the last of which was the controversial match between the Netherlands and Argentina.
And “FIFA” considered that Matteo Lahoz’s decisions were successful, in light of the difficulty of the match and the igniting atmosphere between the two teams, but at the same time the International Federation preferred not to assign matches for the remainder of the World Cup competitions to Lahoz, due to the criticism directed at him by Lionel Messi and Emiliano Martinez. Argentina goalkeeper, as a result of his decisions against the Netherlands.
Messi said after the Netherlands match: “FIFA must review itself before putting a referee in a very important meeting like this,” while Martinez said: “We hope we will not meet this referee again, it is useless.”
The 45-year-old Mateo Lahoz, who is Spain’s most famous referee, brought out 18 yellow cards in the Netherlands-Argentina match, which sparked great controversy about his decisions.
It is noteworthy that Lahoz managed the Qatar and Senegal matches in the second round of the group stage of the 2022 World Cup, and Iran and America in the third round of the same round, unlike the Netherlands and Argentina match in the World Cup quarter-finals, which ended in favor of Messi’s comrades thanks to a penalty shootout.
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