Mateu Lahoz, arguing with Gerard Piqué in a match


Mateu Lahoz confesses that Barça could have a title more with the VAR

Published:11/09/2019 - 18:38h

Updated:11/09/2019 - 18:38h

The referee Mateu Lahoz has admitted, five years afterwards, that to having existed the VAR in the season 2013-14, Barça could have won against Atlético in the last day and would have proclaimed champion of LaLiga

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Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz is one of the referees more mediáticos of the Spanish football. His style of arbitration, designated sometimes with the informal term 'follow, follow' has been applauded by a lot of technicians, included Guardiola, and also criticised by teams that have felt prejudiced in determinate parties. In this sense, Mateu Lahoz celebrates the instauration of the VAR like a positive tool to reduce the margin of error of the referees.

In some statements conceded to 'Irradiate Mark', has recognised that the VAR is a necessary advance to convert to the football in a juster sport. Valuing some concrete case, has confessed besides that the FC Barcelona could have a League more in his vitrinas if, in the last day of the season 2013-14, had given by valid a goal cancelled to Leo Messi.

The Barça empató 1-1 in front of the Athletic in the Camp Nou, in a party arbitrated precisely by Mateu Lahoz. The referee and his assistants decided to cancel a goal of Leo Messi in the final stretch of the party, because of an offside that it did not exist. Mateu Lahoz Follows putting in doubt that the goal was legal, although it admits that the VAR would have helped to do justice.

"In my case was imperceptible discernir if the balloon had struck in Juanfran or in Cesc. When it finished the party anybody had repaired in this, to slow camera could see that it seems to be that the balloon finish striking in somebody. It is an example of played in which ojalá had been the VAR. It is more, to day of today still there are not images clarividentes that this balloon only strikes in Juanfran", explains the referee.

In any case, thinks that with the VAR will reduce the controversy in this type of played, when having more surveillance and control. "Bienvenido the VAR because only with him can solve these played", signals. The tie to one of the Camp Nou finish giving to the Athletic of Madrid the title of League, and the FC Barcelona completed a season 2013-14 in white when falling deleted in Champions League in front of the Bayern and lose the final of Glass in front of the Real Madrid.

Mateu Lahoz Would have excused with the Barça

On the Barça-Atleti of the last day of League, fits to remember that Elvio Paolorosso, one of the members of the 'staff' technical that led then Gerardo Martino, ensured after the party that Mateu Lahoz apologised to the Barcelona changing room by the erroneous cancellation of the goal of Leo Messi. "We were crying in the changing room and the referee asked us pardon", said then. To having existed the VAR, the history could have been very distinct.

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