Mateu Lahoz, referee of the Barça-Seville


CONTROVERSY: Mateu Lahoz explains reason did not signal the penal of Suso on Jordi Alba

Published:12/02/2021 - 14:38h

Updated:12/02/2021 - 14:38h

In the party of gone of the semifinals of the Glass of Rey, Suso committed a fault inside the area to Jordi Alba, but Mateu Lahoz did not signal the maximum penalty

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The FC Barcelona fell in his visit to Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán by errors of the same culés in the defence, but yes is true that the team was dumped to the attack to avoid go without goals of Seville, an appearance that complicates the party of turn in the Camp Nou. In the second part the pressure of the culés near of the area defended by Bono was constant, but found to a very orderly defence and in front of a wall under the three sticks.

As in previous parties, to the Barça was missing him effectiveness in the area, but also saw prejudiced, once again, by the referee's decisions (or the fault of them). The most controversial action of the meeting took place in the minute 72 of game, when Mateu Lahoz, main referee of the meeting, signalled an agarrón of Suso on Jordi Alba, just to the edge of the area. In the repetition, was more than evident that the infringement had committed inside the area and was not, but neither from VAR notified at all to the referee.

Immediately the Barcelona players protested, but the referee warned that there was not at all to signal the maximum penalty that, to convert, would have meant the 1-1 in the marker. After the party, desveló an audio in which Lahoz explains the reason by which no pitó the penal, but his reason is little conclusive and generates annoyance, obviously, in the barcelonismo. The referee apunó that "the fault... It attaches him from the shoulder from out, is was. Inside the area no longer there is at all, does not finish inside".

Koeman, totalmenre irritated

Although the trainer of the FC Barcelona Ronald Koeman can not criticise directly the performance of the VAR and the referee in this action, to avoid a sanction by part of the Committee of Competition, the Barcelona technician affirmed during his back press conference to the party that considers that the fault of Suso on Jordi Alba had to have been signalled like penal.

Some days afterwards, before the Barça confront to the Sportive Alavés, Ronald Koeman has been questioned again on the controversial action and kept his position, affirming that "it is penalti. It is inside. I do not understand why the VAR does not go in. The referee says that it is fault. All have said me that it is penalti. Can make a mistake, but it is necessary to put the face by in front".

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