Register Login Scores

Marshalls World Of Sport

Referee: Why I Feel Uncomfortable With Iniesta On The Pitch

A top Spanish referee, who will officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has explained why he always felt uncomfortable being on the same field as FC Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta.

'Messi Is Football's Big Lie!'

Antonio Mateu Lahoz has refereed in the Spanish top flight since 2008, and was officially listed as a FIFA referee in 2011.

Speaking ahead of the World Cup in Russia, Lahoz has explained that he always felt uneasy being on the field when Iniesta was playing because the midfielder would always complain that he was getting in his way.

"The great citizen who we are going to miss (Iniesta) is the player I have felt most uncomfortable with on the pitch," he said in an interview with Gol's "El Protagonista" show.

"He's the only one who got annoyed by my positioning on the pitch.

"They (Barcelona) are a team where it's very difficult to position yourself (as a referee), but I need to be around there."

Iniesta will not be getting in the way of Lahoz in Spain any longer following the 34-year-old's exit from the Catalan giants.

New Player Replaces Neymar As World's Most Valuable Star, CR7 24th!

The 41-year-old will referee in his first World Cup this month, having only previously officiated in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers and the 2018 qualifiers.

How far do you think Iniesta and Spain will go at the World Cup? Let us know in the comments section below. 

2018 World Cup Injured XI

Official: Man Utd Announce First 2018/19 Transfer

Bucs Won’t Comment On Alleged Shooting Incident, SAPS Confirm

3 comments

Top 5

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

18 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Nedbank Cup Last 32 Fixtures Revealed

116 Jan 14, 2021 06:28 PM in Nedbank Cup

Beckham Fires Coach, Wants Former Man Utd Teammate

1 Jan 08, 2021 11:23 AM in World News

Chiefs' Plans To Catch Downs

138 Jan 08, 2021 07:05 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Messi Named World’s Greatest Playmaker Of The Decade, CR7 Not In Top 10

23 Jan 12, 2021 01:36 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Official: Man Utd Confirm Second January Exit

1 Jan 13, 2021 05:37 PM in English Premier League

Brighton Coach Hands Down Verdict On Tau’s Debut

31 Jan 11, 2021 05:34 PM in Players Abroad

5 Of Mosemaedi’s Best Looks Alongside His Swanky VW

2 Jan 13, 2021 12:05 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Nedbank Cup Last 32 Fixtures Revealed

116 Jan 14, 2021 06:28 PM in Nedbank Cup

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

28 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

Chiefs Explain Unpleasant Trip To Angola

56 Jan 07, 2021 09:14 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Festival & Co Lauded As Unbeaten Swallows Prepare For Bucs

6 Jan 07, 2021 03:12 PM in Orlando Pirates