Pep Guardiola's favourite match official, the infamous Mateu Lahoz has been appointed by UEFA to take on Manchester City's Champions League Group Stage matchday four tie vs. Club Brugge.
#LahozReturns to Manchester just months after he refereed City's biggest Champions League game to date in the 20/21 final back in May - whose appointment for that game was met with derision by the entirety of City's fanbase - this one perhaps more lowkey. A week which has seen City get knocked out of the Carabao Cup and then lose at home to Crystal Palace would have had Pep Guardiola saying 'What next? Mateu Lahoz to referee our next game?' At least it's not PSG, Pep! The veteran Spanish official has taken charge of five City games in the Champions League, with the blues winning the first three, and losing the last two against English opposition in Liverpool and Chelsea. Hopefully City prove to be just too good to undergo any outside influences this time.
Referee: Mateu Lahoz
Assistants: Pau Cebrián Devís and Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar
Fourth official: Jaime Latre
VAR: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
Assistant VAR: Christian Dingert
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi
UEFA Delegate: Neil Morrow
Written by @coIgcra
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