After his controversial decisions in the hot Argentina-Netherlands match Qatar World Cup In the quarter-finals, Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz was released from the tournament while the game’s VAR officials will still be given the option to participate in future competitions.
The match dubbed the “Battle of Lucille” ended 2-2 in extra time and was eventually decided in a penalty shootout, which eventually brought Argentina the victory (4-3). During the match, it was La Liga The referee issued 18 yellow cards and one red card.
At one point in the match, midfielder Leandro Paredes volleyed the ball off the Netherlands bench, and Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk responded by crashing into the ground, resulting in several bookings as the game seemed to spiral out of control. By the end of the competition, two of Argentina’s coaching staff had been given cards and three players had been booked during the penalty shootout.
In a post-match interview, Argentina captain Lionel Messi expressed his frustration and asked FIFA to consider the case.
“I don’t want to talk about the referees because they will punish you. But people saw what happened. I think FIFA should take care of this. You can’t put a referee like this for a match of this magnitude, of such importance. The referee can’t fail to do the job,” he said.
FIFA also announced that Argentine referees Fernando Rapalani and Facundo Tello would not host any more matches for the rest of the tournament due to conflicts of interest with Argentina progressing to the semi-finals.
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