UEFA announce Champions League final referee in nightmare appointment for Pep Guardiola

UEFA announce Champions League final referee in nightmare appointment for Pep Guardiola



Man City will face Chelsea in the Champions League final later this month, and Antonio Mateu Lahoz has been chosen to call the game.



The match between Manchester City and Chelsea will be officiated by Antonio Mateu Lahoz, the Spanish referee who once sent off Pep Guardiola.


Mateu Lahoz, 44, gave Guardiola his marching orders after the City manager questioned him about incorrectly disallowing a goal against Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League quarter-finals.


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At halftime, the Catalan challenged the Valencia-born whistleblower after he ruled out a Leroy Sane strike after Liverpool's James Milner had played the ball to the winger.

At the time, City was leading 1-0 in their effort to overcome a 3-0 first-leg deficit.

They finally lost 2-1, with Guardiola sitting in the stands and assistant Mikel Arteta on the touchline.



“I didn't offend him, I was respectful, and I was correct,” said the City Manager.

“But Mateu Lahoz is a unique person who enjoys being different and unique.”


UEFA announce Champions League final referee in nightmare appointment for Pep Guardiola


Mateu Lahoz has also caused controversy for City.

In 2017, he refused to award a penalty for a foul on Sergio Aguero by Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.



Subasic should have been sent off as well, but City's Argentine striker was just given a yellow card for diving.

While City won the tie 5-3 after Willy Caballero saved a controversial penalty from Radamel Falcao, they were eliminated on away goals after losing the second leg.

Mateu Lahoz awarded two penalties to Napoli during City's 2-1 group stage victory over the Italians at the Etihad in October 2017.



Mateu Lahoz has taken charge of two Chelsea games.

The Blues won 1-0 at Sporting Lisbon in 2014 but lost 2-1 at Porto the following year.


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