"It was a disgrace. A provocation": 2022 World Cup referee lashes out at Messi
Famous Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz has harshly criticized Argentina star Lionel Messi for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The referee, who recently retired, recalled the Miami forward's behavior in the quarterfinal match against the Netherlands.
Lahos said this in an interview with Tiempo de Juego, Goal.com reports. In particular, the Spaniard called Messi's celebration of a goal in front of the Dutch national team's coaching bench a provocation. The Argentine footballer found himself in a real scandal.
"It was completely different Messi. He behaved very badly at the World Cup, it was a disgrace. We have played more than 50 matches together over the years. After celebrating the goal with his hands pressed to his ears, the Dutch just lost their temper, it was a provocation. Messi called me after the game against the Netherlands at the World Cup and apologized for the harsh words he said to me during the game," Lahos said.
We would like to remind you that Argentina defeated the Netherlands in a penalty shootout at the 2022 FIFA World Cup and then took the main trophy of the tournament.
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