UEFA formalized on Monday the name of the referee who will lead the group F clash between France and Portugal on Wednesday evening (9 p.m.) in Budapest. The Spaniard Antonio Mateu Lahoz will be at the whistle for the last group poster of Euro 2021.
Provisional leader in Group F, the France team will be sure to keep first place by winning this Wednesday against Portugal (9 p.m.) in Budapest. In order to avoid any controversy after the many criticisms on the sidelines of France-Germany or Hungary-France, UEFA has appointed one of the best officials of the moment to lead this shock: Antonio Mateu Lahoz.
The 44-year-old Spaniard is coming off a very big 2020-2021 season and notably refereed the Champions League final in Chelsea and Manchester City. His handling of contact between Kevin De Bruyne and Antonio Rüdiger has earned him some criticism following the Belgian playmaker’s facial injury.
In France, we know him especially for the quarter-final first leg of C1 won by PSG on the field of Bayern Munich. What bring back good memories to Kylian Mbappé, author of a double that evening.
Watch out for discipline
Antonio Mateu Lahoz has already officiated in two Euro matches, the Belgian cardboard against Russia (3-0) and the fratricidal duel between England and Scotland (0-0). If he only released two yellow cards in the tournament, the Iberian referee is known for his intransigence and is often very quick to sanction players.
The Blues, and in particular Benjamin Pavard after his warning against Hungary, are warned. Antonio Mateu Lahoz will be assisted by two compatriots for this duel against the Seleçao das Quinas. Ditto for the video with the presence of Alejandro Hernandez in the VAR truck.
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