Lahoz resigned from LaLiga service after dealing the cards in fiery Barcelona-Espanyol derby

Antonio Mateu Lahoz will not referee a LaLiga clash at the weekend after dishing out a flurry of cards in Barcelona’s poor 1-1 draw against Espanyol last Saturday.

Lahoz was widely criticized for his performance in a fiery Catalan derby on New Year’s Eve after sending off Jordi Alba and Vinicius Souza and booking a further 11 players along with Barca boss Xavi.

Espanyol were perhaps lucky to avoid going down to nine men in the wake of Souza’s dismissal, with a VAR review saving Leandro Cabrera after he was initially shown a red card for an apparent stamp on Robert Lewandowski.

After being sent off for two offences, Barcelona defender Alba said Lahoz had forgotten his first yellow card when he issued a second for dissent.

Lahoz was once again at the center of the game on Wednesday, sending Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli to the stands just 18 minutes into their 5-0 Copa del Rey win over Linares.

On Thursday, the Spanish Football Federation released a list of referee appointments for the 16th matchday of the LaLiga season, with Lahoz conspicuous by his absence.

Lahoz was described as “useless” by Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez after taking charge of the Albiceleste’s World Cup quarter-final win against the Netherlands last month.

Lionel Messi also made his feelings on Lahoz’s performance clear after the 45-year-old was shown 15 yellow cards at the Lusail Stadium, saying the referee was “not ready for it”.

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