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Referee for Argentina vs. Netherlands World Cup Match Sent Home After handing out a record 18 yellow Cards

Referee for Argentina vs. Netherlands World Cup Match Sent Home After handing out a record 18 yellow Cards

According to reports, Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz has been removed from the tournament following his controversial calls in the tense quarterfinal match between Argentina and the Netherlands.

However, the game’s VAR officials will still have the chance to play in future contests.

The game, dubbed the “Battle of Lusail,” ended 2-2 in extra time and was ultimately decided by a penalty shootout in which Argentina emerged victorious (4-3). The La Liga referee handed 18 yellow cards and one red card throughout the encounter.

At one point, midfielder Leandro Paredes kicked the ball into the Netherlands bench, prompting captain Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands to respond by shoving him to the ground, resulting in many bookings as the game appeared to spin out of control. During the penalty shootouts, two members of Argentina’s coaching staff and three players received yellow cards at the conclusion of the competition.

In a post-match interview, Lionel Messi, captain of Argentina, expressed his dissatisfaction and demanded FIFA to investigate.

“I don’t want to speak about referees because they will sanction you. But people saw what happened. I think FIFA must take care of this. It cannot put a referee like that for a match of such magnitude, of such importance. The referee cannot fail to be up to the task,” he said.

As Argentina progresses to the semifinals, FIFA has also stated that Argentine referees Fernando Rapallani and Facundo Tello would not be assigned any more matches for the remainder of the tournament owing to a conflict of interest.

Referee for Argentina vs. Netherlands World Cup Match Sent Home After handing out a record 18 yellow Cards

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