‘We’re finished’ – Man City fans reacts as UEFA name Referee for Champions League Final

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Spanish referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, who has history with Pep Guardiola, will take charge of this season’s Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea, UEFA have confirmed.

The premier champions and Chelsea will go head-to-head later this month in an all-English final to determine who will strip Bayern Munich of their current tag of Champions of Europe.

The 44-year-old Spaniard, an international referee since 2011, will be taking charge of his first UEFA Champions League final, after serving as fourth official at the 2019 final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in Madrid.

He has officiated at six matches in the UEFA Champions League this season, including the quarter-final first-leg between Bayern München and Paris Saint-Germain. Mateu Lahoz has also been selected as one of the referees for UEFA EURO 2020.

The Spanish official has had previous controversial history with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, sending him to the stands in a notorious Champions League exit in a quarter-final second-leg against Liverpool in 2018.

Speaking after the clash at the Etihad in 2018, Pep Guardiola said of Lahoz, “The referee is a special guy, he likes to be different. Whenever people see the things, he will decide the opposite.”

Guardiola will no doubt have this memory going through his brain now that Mateu Lahoz has been named as the man to take charge of the final.

In reaction to the news shared on Twitter by Man City Xtra and City Chief, many Man City fans have expressed their thoughts and opinions.

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