After a few days of some really terrible refereeing decisions in La Liga, let me start with your question: did you know that a leading referee like Antonio Matteo Lahoz could easily earn more than €400,000 per season?
What is your point of view? Wooden change or more than your total in 10 years? Enough pay to make governors more accountable than they are now? You might think that when we ask our referees (usually 10-20 years older than elite athletes who have to keep up) they deserve a spotlight on running the world’s favorite sports leagues and keeping the billion-pound industry going. This level of motivational reward? Or more? Well, if that is your point.
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Lahoz’s team-mates badly discredited Spain’s top-flight referee over the weekend – namely Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez and (VAR) Jaime Latri at the Bernabeu. Xavier Estrada Fernandez (VAR) in Valladolid; Ricardo de Burgos Bengotxia in Villarreal; Plus Juan Martinez Munoaira and Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez (VAR) at Camp Nou. Although they will not earn very big profits (their average earnings per season are between 220,000 and 300,000 euros), they and all their colleagues owe us, the LaLiga players, more sense, more character and much more understanding. .
Here are some ridiculous judging deviations over the past five days.
During the match between Real Betis and Cadiz, Sergio Canales He received his first red card in 500 matches of his career after a ‘fight’ with Mathieu Lahoz in which both men look childish… Followed by Valladolid’s 1-0 win over Real Sociedad as VAR disallowed three goals – each of which the team thought Ali The pitch was originally that good, and there was probably only one intervention that met the original criterion for a “clear and obvious” error.
We also saw three brutal attacks on soccer players (Montell And the Babu Gomez for Seville day Vinicius And the Fede Valverdeand then Danny Garcia on me dry) were straight red cards, but only the first two were judged worthy of bookings. (By the way, don’t take my words seriously. Go find these incidents yourself Stream replays on ESPN+ in the US: The 30th and 94th minutes at the Bernabéuand then 27th minute at Camp Nou).
👀 La Polémica entrada del Papu Gómez a Valverde que hace enfurcer los ficionados del Real Madrid …. pic.twitter.com/MDBU22SG4h
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All the dark decisions made by referees on every occasion, but still a worse failure to act by the VAR every time. None of the three players who committed the bullying were suspended or penalized, but two of the victims, Jaffe and Valverde, would miss playing time for their clubs as a direct result. Does that make sense to you? Is this, after endless referee training and supervision, amending laws and introducing VAR, really all we spectators, media professionals, players and managers can aspire to? I do not think so.
The Piece de resistance It came when Villarreal beat Almeria on Sunday night. It was a very moving occasion. The legendary Vice President of Villarreal, Jose Manuel Laneza, died after a year of suffering from leukemia. Aside from being a wise, gentle and gentle man, he was instrumental in the Yellow Submarine’s 25-year rise from a third-tier side playing in a dilapidated small stadium and training in the parks to win a European Cup, double club Champions League semi-finals.
His death, just two days before the match, was the main topic before the match. There was a small ceremony to honor him before kick-off, and he promised everyone at the club that playing, hoping to win, would be dedicated to Laniza’s memory. Late 1-0, Yellow Submarine tied with a superb header from Alex Baena.
The young midfielder, who had already been booked, lifted his shirt, tucking part of it behind his neck, to show a message on his shirt that read: “Thank you for everything, Lanza.” De Burgos Bengoetxea yellow-carded him for the job, sent him off, and then strongly and stubbornly signaled to the players protesting that he was on the right. It was a disgusting lack of common sense (topic here).
The instructions to the Spanish referees state that players should not waste time on designed goal celebrations which include taking off their shirt or covering their heads with their shirt. Neither of them did it. Displaying such a message, if Villarreal scored, was something de Burgos Bengotexia would, no doubt, have expected. And if he intends to be too harsh about displaying any honors from Llaneza after a goal, he owes it to Villarreal that he went into the locker room before the match to warn them.
It’s a tactic that most referees apply, mediocre or fine: going into every dressing room, after warm-ups, to tell teams that while the FIFA Basic Laws don’t change, every official nevertheless has things that will be more or better. Less strict about: opposition, time wasting, obstruction, advantage play – choose what works for you. It is the beginning of awareness among players and referees that can lead to a better match, more flowing and less contentiousness. It’s common sense.
But, although the Basque government chose not to do so (or failed to foresee it), Baena’s actions were not strictly inconsistent with the laws. There was no wasting excessive time, no shirt, no hoodie – de Burgos could let it happen for three to four seconds, add time to his watch, and get Baena ready to restart. He just had to show common sense, restraint and character.
Ditto when Mathieu Lahues Canales was fired. The conditions were really strange. Betis tied 0-0 at home to Cadiz in the 98th minute. As the away team prepared to throw the ball: Canales spoke to Lahos. The referee indicated his watch and, 16 seconds later, the exceptional 31-year-old Betis midfielder received two yellow cards and was walking off the field.
Radio Cadena Ser reported that Canales said, “You can add another minute or so to the hour!” He booked him for possession and allegedly added, “If you keep talking to me, I’ll kick you out!” Canales, the leader of Bettis, and therefore, with every right to make some non-offensive remarks in the dialogue to any authority, notably the adjudicator of Lahous, is said to have said, “If I am not allowed to speak, do not ask me about my personal matters any more.”
Its notorious for this. He thinks it helps him well in the referee if he can ask during the match Gerrard Pique How are his children, Malaga defender Wellington, whether he opens his new café-bar or tells us about it Kevin De Bruyne During the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final “Say hello to your family from me!” Mathieu had never met the Belgian’s parents, but he had read how important they were to the City midfielder and wanted to “connect” with him by saying so. It’s weird: very private, but he’s usually pretty good at his job. Just as in 2018, he is the only La Liga official chosen to referee the upcoming World Cup.
Anyway, you just need proof from your eyes (please go and look at the accident – you can Stream the reply to ESPN+ in the US) to conclude that Lahouz mocked, stood up to his dignity and used temper, not good judgment, for Canales’ red card. After the first reservation, Hauz actually waves for the Almeria entry throw, but does a kind of double throw, as if suddenly deciding that Canales’ response has upset his pride, he ignores the play and waves the second yellow with a marker. The pompous “Take this!” Thrive. It looks like a one by one.
Canales was suspended and missed Betis’ subsequent 1-2 defeat to Atlético Madrid, meaning his penalty pretty much outweighed anything he did or said. After the midweek game, Lahos’ report did not say Canales was abusive, sworn or even protested – simply stating that he had made “remarks”. Pathetic.
Meanwhile, the problem with Xavier Estrada Fernandez’s work (as VAR officiant at Valladolid 1-0 Real Sociedad, for which he will charge €2,100) was that he continued the trend for VAR to re-judge anything with potential consequences rather than the referee. The original standard for reviewing/correcting “clear and obvious” errors.
Fans and players were denied three goals. And while the video review correctly identified two earlier and possibly creeping errors, the latter only came close to the “clear and obvious” category. When will international arbitration officially announce that whenever a goal has been scored, VAR must now review anything that might embarrass them rather than looking at a split-second decision that the refereeing team missed but was a clear and obvious mistake? The standards for using VAR technology have changed and we deserve honesty and clarity about this.
As for what I consider assaults by Papu and Montiel on Vinicius and Valverde, as well as Garcia on Gavi, I’d challenge anyone (other than VAR officials at night) to watch it again and not conclude that there is a dangerous game. The FIFA Laws state that: “Dealing or challenging the safety of an opponent or using excessive or brutal force shall be punished as dangerous evil play.”
Referees are under pressure, highly skilled, very fit and… essential. But their main tasks are not to protect each other, show the player who is the boss or hide behind the current wall of silence after the game – without considering the importance of their work to the health of the industry, not considering the massive salaries they now have commanding. The fact that the well-being of the players, the quality of entertainment and the enjoyment of the fans they are employed to guarantee is not considered.
They are, for all intents and purposes, our employees. We deserve better standards of wisdom, common sense, and honesty about mistakes.