Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong has slammed the officiating in their World Cup last-eight loss and says the referee was influenced by Argentina’s Lionel Messi.
Messi influenced WC officiating: De Jong
Frenkie de Jong has described the officiating of the Netherlands’ World Cup quarter-final against Argentina as “scandalous”, claiming referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz was influenced by Lionel Messi.
The Netherlands staged a remarkable comeback to force extra time after going 2-0 down in Friday’s clash courtesy of a Wout Weghorst double, but the Oranje then suffered penalty heartache as they lost the shootout 4-3.
Lahoz was widely criticised for his display after showing 15 yellow cards during the match.
Argentina captain Messi said Lahoz was not “up to the task” of overseeing such a fixture at the end of a heated affair, and while De Jong agrees, he felt the presence of his former Barcelona teammate contributed.