The Argentine soccer world is paying close attention to the referees assigned to the Qatar World Cup final against France.
Argentina will play the 2022 FIFA World Cup final against France at Lusail Stadium in Qatar at midnight on the 19th (12:00 pm on the 18th).
Lionel Messi and the Argentina national team will challenge for the championship by reaching the final eight years after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Argentina and France, which have the strongest powers, are on an equal footing in various areas such as players and tactics, foretelling a fierce final.
As they have to pay attention to every variable, the gaze of the Argentine media naturally turns to the referees.
On the 15th (Korean time), Argentinian media A24 reported on the final referee assignment, saying, “I look forward to seeing who will be the referee in the Qatar World Cup final between Argentina and France.”
A24 expected the referee for the final match to be Simon Marciniak, a referee from Poland.
Simon Marchiniak was in charge of Argentina’s match against Australia in the last 16, and also served as referee for the second group match between France and Denmark.
A24 commented on this, “It should be noted that FIFA can select a referee from the European Football Federation (UEFA) as the referee of the match even though France is in Europe.”
He then expressed his disapproval of a European referee being assigned to the final, saying, “In the third match between Argentina and Poland in the group stage, Dutchman Danny Markelli served as the referee.”
In this World Cup in Qatar, there is a lot of controversy about refereeing.
It is expected that the media from each country who appeared in the final will show great interest in who the referee will be. From the group stage to the last 4 rounds, there has never been a controversy over the referee’s decision in each round.
In the group stage, the Korean national team was in trouble because of the referee.
England’s referee Anthony Taylor, who was assigned to the second leg of the Group H match between Korea and Ghana, blew the final whistle despite Korea winning a corner kick, raising distrust in the decision. The situation was aggravated by giving a red card to the Korean national team coach Paulo Bento who protested.
In the quarterfinals, referee Mateu Lahoz continued the controversy.
Lahoz was assigned as the referee for the quarter-final match between Argentina and the Netherlands. Lahoz pulled out a total of 18 yellow cards in the game that day, setting the record for the most warnings in one game in World Cup history. 메이저사이트
Immediately after the game, Argentine captain Messi complained, “I’m very angry” and “I don’t want to talk to the referee anymore.”
After the match, Lahoz decided to leave the World Cup in Qatar due to FIFA’s decision.
Even in the semi-finals, problems arose in the Argentine match. There were no major problems during the game, but in an interview conducted immediately after the game, Croatia captain Luka Modric said, “I don’t mean to disparage Argentina’s victory, but the penalty kick declaration was the worst,” and said that he could not understand the referee’s decision during the game.
Meanwhile, some media outlets reported that Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the FIFA Refereeing Committee, is pushing Taylor, a controversial referee in the Korea-Ghana match, to become the final referee.
Not only this Qatar World Cup, but also various international matches and the Premier League, if Taylor, who is constantly controversial in judging, takes over as the referee, the World Cup finals could be stained by judging disputes.
Soccer legend Messi and new star Kylian Mbappe will lead the attack as the flagship players of Argentina and France, respectively, so soccer fans around the world are paying attention.
In this situation, Argentina sees FIFA’s referee selection as a big variable in the final.