Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez threatens World Cup ban for slamming “the worst referee in the world” after the Netherlands win

EMILIANO MARTINEZ could face a ban in the World Cup semi-finals for his verbal abuse of Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz.

And both Holland and Argentina face hefty Fifa fines as the aftermath of the ‘Battle of Lusail’ continues.

Martinez's verbal attack on the referee could get him in trouble

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Martinez’s verbal attack on the referee could get him in troublePhoto credit: Getty
Tensions arose several times in the World Cup quarter-finals

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Tensions arose several times in the World Cup quarter-finalsPhoto credit: Reuters

Aston Villa keeper Martinez lost his nerve despite his heroics in the penalty shootout against Lahoz.

Martinez said: “The referee gave them everything

“Everything has turned upside down.

“He gave 10 minutes of stoppage time for no reason. He just wanted them to score.

“This referee is crazy. Arrogant.

“You say something to him and he answers you. It’s crazy.

“Because Spain were eliminated, he wanted to eliminate us.

“He’s the worst referee at the World Cup. Hopefully we never have him again – he’s useless.”

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These comments are sure to see a reprimand and possibly a charge and ban for the Villa man, potentially leaving him out of the semi-final against Croatia.

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee confirmed that it had opened an investigation after studying the referee’s match report.

World bosses said: “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has initiated proceedings against the Argentine Football Federation for possible breaches of Articles 12 (Misconduct by Players and Officials) and 16 (Order and Safety at Matches) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

“Furthermore, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has initiated proceedings against the Football Association of the Netherlands for possible breaches of Article 12 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code in connection with the same match.”

It is believed that there is a feeling that the game has become uncontrollable for any official, although there could be some concerns about the game and the Spaniard’s man-management.

Lahoz awarded 18 yellow cards to players – with Dutchman Denzel Dumfries receiving a second yellow and resulting red card after penalties – and at least two to members of the team’s bench.

The number of tickets surpassed the previous World Cup record of 16, held jointly by Germany in 1998 against Cameroon and Portugal’s stormy duel with Holland in 2006.

That will result in sanctions against the two nations, although the only likely outcome will be a hefty fine.

Martinez is in greater danger but no action is expected against Lionel Messi despite his own strong public criticism of the official.

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