We know the Clasico referee between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona scheduled for this weekend.
Real Madrid and Barcelona now know who will referee Saturday’s Clásico at Valdebebas. Antonio Mateu Lahoz of the Valencian Committee will be in charge of ensuring that the game runs smoothly and without incident.
In the VAR control room, he will be helped by César Soto Grado. The atmosphere heated up in the days leading up to the match, with each of the two clubs accusing the other of benefiting from the refereeing decisions. The decision to nominate Mateu Lahoz came as a bit of a surprise as he was in action on LaLiga’s final weekend, overseeing Alavés’ meeting with Celta as well as Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final between the Bayern and PSG – so El Clásico will be his third game in the space of a week, without rest and without a visit to the VAR hall.
The 44-year-old is currently Spain’s most respected international referee. He was chosen to be one of the referees for the last World Cup and was named the fourth match official for the 2019 Champions League final.
According to El Larguero, Mateu is the favorite to oversee this year’s final if no Spanish team are involved in this stage. It won’t be his first Clásico, he has refereed five to date.
The first was the return leg of the Spanish Super Cup in 2013, which Madrid won 2-1; then he oversaw the Copa del Rey final in 2014 which Los Blancos won 1-2; his first Clásico in LaLiga was in 2015 with Barcelona winning 2-1 at Camp Nou; As a result, there was a 1-1 draw in the 2019 Copa del Rey semi-final first leg, followed by Madrid’s 2-0 victory in their last Clásico, in the 26th. league week last season.
This season, Mateu has only refereed one Real Madrid game – the Madrid derby against Atleti in December. Madrid won this match 2-0. As for Barcelona, they have been in charge of three of their games since the start of the campaign – in matches where Koeman’s team against Osasuna (4-0) and Athletic (2-1), as well as the 2 loss. -0 in Sevilla in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final (2-0).