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THE FORMER REFEREE CRITICIZED THE LALIGA VAR

Mateu Lahoz assures that it was embarrassing to annul Raphinha's goal against Las Palmas

Published:1/04/2024 - 23:32h

Updated:1/04/2024 - 23:32h

Mateu Lahoz harshly criticized the decision of the VAR and the Barça-Las Palmas referees to annul Raphinha's first goal for offside. For the former Valencian referee, the decision was “an embarrassment” and “crazy”

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The goal cancelled to Raphinha in the minute 19 of the Barça-The Palms contested the Saturday in Montjuïc follows giving cloth. The last in analysing the controversial referee's decision was Mateu Lahoz, the one who considered like "an embarrassment" and "a madness" the cancel a so much that, in his criterion, went entirely legal because of the intervention of the central Saúl Coco in the played.

"This is an embarrassment. Raphinha Only has position, there is not influence. Therefore, never it can be punished. And when you want to do participate to Raphinha, no longer is in force, already has prescribed, Raphinha already has by in front to two defenders and to the balloon, therefore never you can him sanction", explained the ex referee in a talk with 'Movistar'.

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In this sense, the ex Valencian referee explained that actions like these do not have to cancel, since the norm that changed after the final of the Nations League 2021 between Spain and France (1-2) by the goal of Kylian Mbappé after a detour of Eric Garcia that gave the victory to the Frenchmen at all has to see the offside sanctioned to the '11' culé.

"If this balloon of Coco hits him to Lewandowski and goes in to goal, is goal. And if it had hit in Lewandowski and goes to Raphinha would not be offside. Therefore, what never can be neither is offside of Raphinha in this moment. What blames has he to be in position if there was not any influence in first instance when Fermín happens to the space? Afterwards, what can not is to sanction never to Raphinha. It is a madness", puntualizó.

Luckily for the Barça, the Brazilian extreme had revancha in the complement, converting a golazo of head that cost the victory in front of the Canarians. Of the contrary, the Real Madrid already would have ten points of advantage and LaLiga would be practically sentenced, although other referee's errors in previous days have directed the route to the title 'merengue' this season.

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