May 1, 2017

Antonio Mateu Lahoz to referee AS Monaco - Juventus Turin

Spain's Antonio Mateu Lahoz has been assigned to referee Wednesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal between AS Monaco and Juventus Turin. The 40-year old will be assisted by Pau Cebrián Devis, Javier Aguilar Rodríguez, Jesús Gil Manzano, Carlos Clos Gómez and Teodoro Sobrino Magán.


3 May 2017, 20:45 CET (Stade Louis II, Monaco)
AS Monaco - Juventus Turin
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)

44 Comments:

  1. IMO, deserved appointment. I think it is also important to say that this will probably be Carlos Clos Gómez's last UEFA CL (and maybe last international) appointment. Congratulations for a great career and good luck for what will come.

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  2. Deserved appointment for Mateu Lahoz after two good performances in Manchester City - Monaco and then Olympique Lyon - Beşiktaş.

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  3. I can't believe that Brych, Kuipers and Çakir will be without a further CL game!! I'm sure a couple of them will be allowed to stay back for the 2nd legs... I don't see any other options!!

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  4. Milorad Mazic will be definetly Champions league final referee. This year he has some really harder matches than Skomina. Second reason - in last few years referee who was in Cl playoff was appointed for Cl final
    2010-2011 Sampdoria-Werder- Kassai, later utd barca cl final kassai
    2011-2012 D.Zagreb-Malmo-Proenca, later chelsea bayern cl final Proenca
    2013-2014- Paok-Schalke- Kuipers, later Real-Atletico cl final Kuipers
    2014-2015- Bilbao-Napoli- Cakir, later Juvenuts-Barca cl final Cakir
    2015-2016- Valenica-Monaco- Clattenburg, later Real-Atletico cl final Clattenburg
    2016-2017- Rostov-Ajax- Mazic, maybe later Champions league final Mazic,
    than, Mazic has better preformance this year than Skomina, so for me he is first candidate for Cl final this year.

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    1. I don't agree Mazic had some harder matches then Skomina. When you compare their matches you can see they were both appointed on group deciders in Champions League (Skomina in Besiktas-Benfica, Mazic Kobenhavn-Porto). They both had some important observers, altough Mazic was only once observed by committee member, SKomina three times, two of them in Champions League knock-out and one of them was Hugh Dallas. That is why I would not say Mazic is sure for CL final, but I would not even say Skomina is sure. Maybe committee surprise us like last year. I guess Clattenburg was appointed for final after semi final match and he impressed committee. If everything goes great tommorow, I would not be surpised if Atkinson gets CL final. He is in great shape at the moment. The fact Clattenburg did final last year is actually irrelevant (1999 Collina ITA, 2000 Braschi ITA).

      Skomina: Mönchengladbach-Barcelona (Georgios Bikas), Sporting-Dortmund (Christakis Skapoulis), Besiktas-Benfica (Lutz Michael Frölich), Real-Napoli (Jaap Uilenberg), Monaco-Dortmund (Hugh Dallas), Netherlands-France (Nikolay Levnikov), Romania-Poland (Rodger Gifford)
      Mazic: Benfica-Besiktas (Patrick Kelly), Barcelona-City (Terje Hauge), Kobenhavn-Porto (Bertrand Layec), Bayern-Arsenal (Roberto Rosetti), Fenerbahce-United (Marin Ruzbarsky), Besiktas-Lyon (Kyros Vassaras), Slovakia-England (Peter Fröjdlefldt), France-Sweden (Christakis Skapoulis)

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    2. About the playoff point mentioned by ref fot, Skomina has also refereed Hapoel v Celtic in CL playoffs so that's not a criteria that can separate Skomina and Mazic!!

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  5. OK, thank you, but I dont think that referee from semifinal will be final referee, you now, last year is last year, Mazic or Skomina, two very good referees, for two great Uefa finals, i prefere Mazic in UCL FINAL, but if that would be Skomina, IT IS also great choice.

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  6. 13' : offside missed by Aguilar Rodriguez (Mbappé, Monaco, head and shot on goal).

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    1. Yes, so far the only notable incident of the game.

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    2. Agree. But just before the end, notorious handball missed by ref. Overall very good performance for me.

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    3. I have some doubts, maybe it was shoulder. However, to be checked carefully.
      Expected level, not a challenging first half for Mateu Lahoz, correct cards.

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  7. Good first half by Lahoz, overall good foul detection and selection, consistent line and correct cards, even though I would say he became a bit less clear in the last 5 minutes. Generally I think he has a good proximity to the players while maintaining a certain distance, varies his whistle length well and thus signalizes that some of the offences were less harmless than the players fouled tried to present them.

    What he should be careful of is taking more care of the wall postion at free-kicks in the midfield: Several times he tolerated that Juventus players blocked a quick execution and obstructed paths to well positioned Monaco players by standing 4-5 metres away from the free-kick, so that the free-kick-taker had to play backwards. No reaction from Lahoz. Furthermore, some of his advantages were no advantages at all - also strange that he indicated the advantage by a "free-space-gesture", although often times there was no free space at all.

    Apart from that, I have my usual problems with his body language: Positively one could say it is quite effective and definitely makes him unique. Negatively one could instead say that some of his gestures and body language facets like at the card showing procedure for the 2nd caution in the game looks a bit like overbearing self-staging.

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    1. Terrific penalty forgotten by Lahoz. Just after a corner which is for the ref better than a clear foul nearer from 4/5 meters from goal. Just after, clear foul on occasion for Juventus. Weird management here with a ref explaining an advantage of a corner which is clearly not one !

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    2. I want to précisé that was a clear penalty with replay. So with VAR, it would have been whistled obviously. Difficult to see for Mateu Lahoz but missed decision although.

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    3. Do you mean the pushing in the back after a corner some time ago? I think that you can deem such a push as a foul for sure, and so it is a penalty.
      But to be sure, I need a further replay

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    4. Yes David. We see replays in Geneva. ;)
      Cristal penalty.

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    5. Low chances to reach the ball, I think it would have been a tactically unwise whistle, but not without reason.

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    6. I saw now. Clear penalty IMO, pushing from behind from Bonucci (some refs would go with YC, and that would be his second).

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  8. As Chefren said, Lahoz wasn't that challenged in first half. But IMO, he should improve his positioning. He was always more in the middle than in the diagonal channel. Once he was interfering play. However, not the biggest problem.

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  9. 69' : clear violent conduct by Chiellini. Bad gesture. RC for me. Very dangerous and agressive...

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    1. I can understand what you mean, but for me it was more reckless, no clear violent conduct for me.

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    2. For me, no posibility to play the ball. Seems to be clearly with volunty to be violent on Falcao's head, near from carotid...RC for me.

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    3. Falcao is completely focused on the ball while Chiellini is only focused on making contact with Falcao's face/head with his elbow/forearm.
      But being a semi final, I guess you absolutely gotta have to keep 22 players on the field. Shame.

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  10. JUV#3 cautioned for recklessly carting out an elbow. To me close but okay, definitely VC in sight, but there was no real swinging / excessive force action to make it RC imo anyway

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  11. More RC than YC for JUV #3.

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    1. Would that possible red card to Juventus #3 be in line with or go against the new modern trends being pushed by referee handlers? 22 start the match and 22 finish the match, right?

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    2. 89 ' : if you choiced YC, you have to book Chiellini for this foul from behind on Germain. No posibilty to let him another chance again ! This type of refereeing - and I m not blaming Mateu Lahoz - isn't a good choice for football....

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  12. Gotta love the way modern football is slowly creeping back towards resembling late 80's early 90's English football. Where everything was either under punished or simply ignored and waived off with a "play on".
    But woo hoo for for those cool, hip, neat, and awesome "new directives" and "trends". Totally not trampling all over the Law's of The Game.

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    1. Completely agree with Sheriff. I observe that also with young referees from my region who want to be national young whistles. Play on, play on. Laxism again and again. Not my vision of refereeing but clear politic from uefa and FIFA bosses. So, perhaps, we haven't to blame refs from this way of acting...

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    2. I don't like this trend too, but I can't compare it to former times because I am such a young referee myself :)
      I think that this style is contraproductive because some players feel free to destroy games (or legs...).
      You can referee stricter and not in this style only in lower leagues, I think. Because in higher divisions you will get bad marks for too many cards etc and won't be promotet anymore.
      It's difficult for myself to find a kind of compromiss that everybody is happy in the end...
      But of course, referees aren't to blame because if they doesn't do what UEFA wants, then they won't get further games. Difficult.

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    3. I echo the sentiments posted on here by Nando and Sheriff. The referees are way too lenient and 'deliberately blind' starting from this season and it doesn't make football better.

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    4. That troubling pattern has been rearing it's ugly head here in the U.S. for quite some time. I'd dare to say that it's appearance coincided with the arrival of a Mr. Peter Walton. This past weekend was a bad one for the men in the middle in MLS. Many under punished incidents, while others went completely unpunished. Incidents which the league was forced to retroactively punish players.

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  13. Actually Mateu's worst UEFA performance of 2017 and he wasn't bad at all

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  14. http://www.index.hr/sport/clanak/ako-ovo-nije-za-crveni-pogledajte-kako-je-chiellini-laktom-raspalio-falcaa-po-licu/967586.aspx

    If this is not RC then what is? Chiellini new exactly what he was doing. This is not boxing - he didn't need to knockout Falcao (like Joshua did to Klitschko) to get RC.

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    1. Modern football Ms. Jelena. We'll be told that this follows the "new trend" and is in line with the "new directives and instructions". Of course I couldn't possibly disagree more with all of those preposterous reasoning's.

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  15. 1st half:

    no-offside call
    https://streamable.com/wxjhk

    YC Bonucci (reckless tackle)
    https://streamable.com/xydt6

    no-YC Dani Alves (potential SPA)
    https://streamable.com/n44cx

    YC Fabinho (reckless tackle)
    https://streamable.com/5yrx7

    no-handball call
    https://streamable.com/uhcop

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    1. 2nd half:

      Monaco coach warned by referee
      https://streamable.com/nb089

      no-handball call
      https://streamable.com/0sbck

      management
      https://streamable.com/ayoj0

      no-penalty call
      https://streamable.com/pkmkt

      advantage
      https://streamable.com/vgsa4

      YC Marchisio (SPA)
      https://streamable.com/vqyyy

      no-foul call
      https://streamable.com/8to1y

      no-YC Sidibé (SPA/reckless)
      https://streamable.com/7lvc5

      YC Chiellini (illegal use of arms: tool vs weapon)
      https://streamable.com/k839n

      no-2nd YC Chiellini (potential reckless tackle)
      https://streamable.com/cio7s

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    2. Thank you for your efforts and time when making these video clips.

      On the Chiellini elbow: The main question is whether the force was high or not in my view. We all agree that Chiellini exactly knew what he was doing, but still to deem it as a weapon & serious foul play or even violent conduct, the force must be excessive and the elbow endangering the opponent's safety.

      Part of the excessive and endangering nature also resulted from Chiellini standing still and Falcao running. However, Chiellini must have absolutely been aware of that. The effect of the elbow is endangering, even though the elbow movement was maybe only of moderate force.

      I would make a pledge for a red card, but I am very confident in saying that also this would never be overruled by a VAR and is far away from what we would call CLEAR in refereeing.

      As an additional remark, Mateu's whistle does not suit to the type of offence and his decision at all. Reckless foul = 1-1,5 seconds whistle. Excessive force = 2-3 seconds. Actually belongs to the basics of refereeing.

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    3. "endangering the opponent's safety", modern football's interpretation based on those oh so ingenious new trends, directives, and instructions.

      Was the fouled player knocked unconscious?
      No.
      Were there broken bones?
      No.
      Was there an excessive amount blood spilled?
      No.
      Okay, a "strong" and "adamant" verbal warning should suffice. Be sure to look mad and serious when you do it.
      Or you could caution, but be aware that you may not be able to caution the same player later in the match, regardless of what he does. So pick and choose your cautions wisely. Because issuing a second caution which results in a player being ejected is frowned upon. And don't even think about giving a straight red, ever.

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    4. Nando, what you've just written may not be exactly verbatim how today's referee's are trained and instructed. But you may not be too far off either. I can totally picture and hear those instructor's, trainer's, handler's and assessor's saying those very words.
      I said it before, I'll say it again and I'll stand by what I say. Modern football is regressing due to officiating that more and more resembles that of late 80's early 90's English football.

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