ANTONIO MATEU LAHOZ is one of the most respected officials in Europe.
Experienced Spaniards in Charge Netherlands vs Argentina In the mouth-watering quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Who is Antonio Mateu Lajoz?
One of the quirkiest and funniest referees in the game, Lahoz often arrives at the stadium wearing rock star sunglasses and a big smile.
Active since 1999, the Spaniard was named to FIFA in 2011 and was in charge of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
He is a regular in La Liga and has been accused by some fans of favoring Real Madrid in the past.
Lahoz is also known for ignoring potentially dangerous challenges by yellowing the slightest of confrontations.
His bizarre performance in Italy’s World Cup qualifier defeat to Sweden saw him come under fire on the internet, with one spectator ranting: “The referees in the game care too much about being the center of attention.”
In an in-depth look at his style, Lahoz revealed: “For me, reading the media before the game is fundamental.
“I want to know how each player came into the game, whether there was pressure, whether they were accused of diving, how many yellow cards they had. I would spend hours reading, watching videos and taking notes for my next game.”
Has he officiated a big game before?
Mateu Lahoz, making his European Championship debut in 2021, is in charge Belgium beat Russia 3-0 in St. Petersburg.
And the well-known referee is in charge Iran loses to US in group stage World Cup 2022
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