Why Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz will not officiate another Euro 2020 match

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Why Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz will not officiate another Euro 2020 match

Who is Mateu Lahoz

Mateu Lahoz is a well-known Spanish referee who officiated 3 group matches at the Euro 2020 this summer.

He also was the official for the Champions League final. Known for the confidence he has in his own decisions, he has drawn comparisons to some of the more talked about Premier League referees.

During the coverage of France vs Portugal, BBC’s Gary Lineker made a point of highlighting the ‘ego’ that Lahoz is known for. Something which was not missed by those watching on.

An opinion though it seems is shared by many in the footballing world.

He drew focus in 2019 for an incident involving the sending off of Ousmane Dembele for dissent. The Barca boss Ernesto Valverde at the time told media that he was surprised due to Dembele’s inability to speak much Spanish.

Luis Suarez’s conversation between the pair in the aftermath were also revealed. It transpired that Dembele had simply said “very bad” regarding a decision Lahoz had made which he took exception to.

Lahoz axed from Euro 2020

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Considering the aforementioned view of the headstrong official, many may be pleased to learn that Lahoz will not officiate at the rest of Euro 2020.

He along with the Swede Andreas Ekberg, the Portuguese Artur Dias, the French Clement Turpin, the Israeli Grinfeeld and Romanian Kovacs have all failed to make the cut for the quarter finals.

Lahoz was already resting back in Spain having not been appointed to any of the last 16 games. He the only official to have worked on 3 group fixtures not to be recalled.

Some have made the connection between the decision and the penalty given to Portugal in the final game of group F.

Those on beIN Sports agreed that it wasn’t a penalty. Lahoz did not check the monitor to confirm his choice.

Marca reported the story and said that it was an ‘unfair’ decision for the Spanish referee to be axed.

Unfair in the sense that Mateu was being one of the best referees on the continent this season, which is why Rosetti himself awarded him the last Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City, very well whistled, by the way.

Going on to say that UEFA still trusts him ‘a lot.’

Despite all this, UEFA seemingly not trusting enough to choose him for the last 8 and beyond.

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This article was edited by
Ben Browning.



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