LIONEL MESSI will meet the official who booked him for his Diego Maradona tribute following the death of the Argentine hero in 2020.
Fifa has confirmed its dates for this weekend’s World Cup quarter-finals.
Argentina vs Holland will be refereed by LaLiga referee Mateu Lahoz.
The 45-year-old Spaniard officiated many Messi games during the 35-year-old’s 17 years in Barcelona’s first team.
Most notably, Lahoz was the official who showed the Argentine hero a yellow card for his moving Maradona tribute two years ago.
After the legend died, Messi scored a brilliant goal against Osasuna during a LaLiga game.
He took off his Barca shirt to reveal a Newell’s Old Boys shirt with Maradona’s number 10 on the back.
This made for an emotional moment as Messi pointed to the sky in a nod to his tall fellow Argentine.
But as a stickler for the rules, Lahoz showed Messi a yellow card for removing his shirt.
Lahoz was also the man in the middle when Barcelona met Atletico Madrid in a title decider on the final day of the season in 2014.
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A goal by Messi that would have given Barca the league title was controversially ruled out that day.
Lahoz has so far refereed two games at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
He was responsible for the opening game between Qatar and Senegal in which he showed six yellow cards.
He was also the midfield man in the USA’s 1-0 win over Iran and picked up four yellow cards that day.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6868198/argentina-holland-referee-messi-maradona/ Argentina-Holland referee revealed how Messi met the official who booked him for Maradona tribute after the idol’s death