Martínez Munuera after signalling penalti of Lenglet in front of the Cádiz


OFFICIAL: Martínez Munuera will whistle the Copa del Rey final

Published:15/04/2021 - 12:08h

Updated:15/04/2021 - 12:08h

This Thursday the election of the referee who will direct the final of the Copa del Rey between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club has finally been known. Martínez Munuera will be in charge of refereeing the duel

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This Thursday, the Real Spanish Federation of Football has confirmed the name of the referee that will commission to give justice in the final of the Glass of the King of this Saturday. The elected has been Juan Martínez Munuera, of the Valencian school, that will be the judge in the duel between the FC Barcelona and the Athletic Club. An election that does not leave too happy to the culés, that have some pending account with him.

It is necessary to remember that the one of Benidorm was the referee of the Barça-Cádiz of League of this campaign. In this duel, the Valencian pitó in the last minute and with 1-0 in the marker a penalti of Clément Lenglet for demolishing to Rubén Nephew. The central arrived late and without seeing to the forward cadista cleared his foot when it wanted to take out the ball. An absurd infringement of the a lot of doubted, but that the referee saw with clarity.

But this played was not neither much less the most controversial that Munuera has directed against the Barcelona. In the first turn, he was the judge of the Classical of the Camp Nou between the culés and the Real Madrid. Anybody has forgotten still the penalti that signalled by a slight agarrón of the own Lenglet to Sergio Bouquets. In direct the referee no pitó at all, but yes did it after seeing the action repeated by indication of the VAR.

This agarrón of Lenglet to Bouquets marked the Classical and is the played of the discord between the Barcelona and Munuera Martínez. By this reason, in the group barcelonista are not too satisfied with this election although the total numbers are not so bad with him directing. Of the 23 meetings that has arbitrated the Valencian to the Barcelona, 15 finished victory, 4 with tie and 4 with defeat.

Munuera, the referee of the Athletic-Barça of Glass of the past course

However, it fits to stand out that the statistics in Glass are not good with the one of Benidorm to the controls. It has arbitrated a total of three duels coperos, with a triumph, a tie and a defeat. This stray crash was precisely against the Athletic the past year. Iñaki Williams deleted to the ones of the City Condal of the competition with a goal in the last minute in Saint Mamés. When being quarter-finals, the ones of Quique Setién remained taken down of the tournament.

It will be necessary to see what occurs this time, since the rival will be the same and the referee also. Luckily, this Barça is much better that the one of the past season and the feelings are better. The big favourite to win this trophy is the group barcelonista and the Catalans expect that Munuera do not put in his way. The culés only want a referee that was impartial and expect that it do not turn into the protagonist of the final.

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