The club files a complaint against the referee

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Referee Mateu Lahoz – Real Mallorca asks for ‘clarifications’.

02-04-2022Carlos Gil Roig

Real Mallorca must lodge a complaint with La Liga and the Spanish Football Federation against the referee of their Saturday match against Getafe, Mateu Lahoz.

The club has two grounds for complaint. One concerns the penalty decision in the second half in favor of Getafe. It wasn’t decisive as the penalty was saved, but the club claim it should never have been awarded for the handball – defender Franco Russo’s arms were at his side. Russo was then sent off for a second yellow offense – protesting the decision – and Mallorca were left with ten men with around 30 minutes remaining. Getafe eventually scored and won a zero.

The second reason concerns what happened in the tunnel at halftime. Movistar Plus+ broadcaster captured images and words between the referee and the Getafe striker Enes Unal. Lahoz is heard telling the player – “You owe me one”.

Mallorca have to seek clarification on what this was referring to, implying that the referee had cleared a elbow by Ünal on Russo to go unpunished with a red card.

The referee showed eight yellow cards in the first half, which are apparently the most he has ever given away. Four of them concerned an incident five minutes before half-time; Ünal and Russo were two of the four warned.

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