FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings

Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz speaks with Dutch player Wout Weghorst during the Netherlands v Argentina quarter final at Lusail Stadium, Qatar, Friday 9 December 2022.

“It was a very difficult match”, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni had recognized at the end of his team’s painful qualification for the semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar… so difficult that on Saturday FIFA announced the opening of disciplinary proceedings against both Argentina and The Netherlands. The encounter was particularly tense, on and off the field.

The “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened proceedings against the Argentine Federation for possible violations of Articles 12 (misconduct of players and officials) and 16 (order and safety of the match)”FIFA said in a statement. The authority said it would do the same against the Dutch federation, also for possible violation of Article 12 of its regulations.

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Cards and harassment

For ninety minutes, tensions between the two teams were so high that the Spanish referee of the match, Antonio Mateu Lahoz, issued seventeen yellow cards (ten for Argentina and seven for the Netherlands), and red for Dutchman Denzel Dumfries during the penalty. shooting. In extra time in the first half, he had previously warned Wout Weghorst, who was still on the substitution bench. At the start of the match in the second half, the same Wout Weghorst had scored the two goals that gave the Dutch team extra time.

The penalty shootout was not more peaceful. From the decisive penalty, scored by Lautaro Martinez, the Argentines joined their striker, openly mocking the Dutch who gathered in the central circle. The Dutch did not stop trying to destabilize the Argentine shooters in the decisive session, underlined after the meeting with Lionel Messi’s teammates.

The Argentines, victorious, openly mocked the Dutch who gathered in the central circle at the Lusail stadium in Qatar on December 9, 2022.

After the game, a brief exchange of words ensued between Lionel Messi and Wout Weghorst when the former responded to the press. “What are you looking at, fool?” Go your own way, fool”irritated the Argentinian captain.

The referee was criticized by the Argentina selection

The same Lionel Messi was no kinder to the meeting’s referee, with whom he has been cold since his Barcelona years. “We can’t put such a referee in a match of this size”denounced the Argentinian star, saying so to the microphone of BeIN Sports “FIFA needs to sort this out”. “The referee cannot fail to measure”, he got carried away again. Antonio Mateu Lahoz, 45, is best known for refereeing the 2020-2021 Champions League final.

“There were two or three fouls that we didn’t agree with, the ten minutes of extra time”added Argentina midfielder Alexis Mac Allister in a calmer tone.

While he blames the Dutch for giving up the game ” very weird “, the Argentina coach, Lionel Scaloni, was more diplomatic towards Antonio Mateu Lahoz. ” I won’t say anything about the referee. I know him, I have a good relationship with him, let’s leave it at that. The goal is to go all out. »

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