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‘Not up to the task’ – Messi rages at Argentina vs Netherlands referee as World Cup record SEVENTEEN yellow cards given

LIONEL MESSI fumed at referee Mateu Lahoz after a record SEVENTEEN bookings were handed out during Argentina’s win over the Netherlands.

The Argentine captain said: “I think that FIFA cannot use this referee for this type of match because he is not up to the task.”

Lionel Messi was furious with Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz’s performance during Argentina’s World Cup win

Both sets of players were unimpressed with the performance of Lahoz, with the game being stopped time and time again for fouls.

And things threatened to boil over at one point when Leandro Paredes booted the ball at the Dutch bench after being unhappy with a free kick Lahoz gave against him.

The PSG star then appeared to meet his match as he was barged over by Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk.

The 17 cards that were handed out to players during the match set an all-time record, beating another infamous clash involving the Netherlands.

Sixteen bookings were given during the Battle of Nuremberg in 2006, when Portugal beat the Dutch 1-0 and four players were sent off.

Following his interview, one fan claimed that Messi was channelling his inner Maradona with his complaints about the ref.

Messi and Lahoz have previous from his time playing at Barcelona, and bizarrely enough one of their biggest run-ins was related to Diego Maradona himself.

After Argentina legend Maradona passed away, Messi celebrated a goal by unveiling the number ten shirt of Newell’s Old Boys – the club he supports and Maradona briefly played for.

However, Lahoz was not willing to bend the rules even after Maradona’s death and promptly showed the then-Barca star a yellow card.

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