Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz has been appointed for Tuesday night’s Champions League tie between Manchester City and Napoli at the Etihad Stadium.
The 40-year-old is known to be quite fussy and made a number of controversial calls last season when he took charge of City’s thrilling 5-3 win over Monaco in Manchester, including booking Sergio Aguero for diving when the Argentine had been blatantly fouled.
The hope for all watching (and playing) will be that Lahoz allows this match between two of Europe’s most exciting football teams flow without stopping it too often.
Lahoz previously took charge of City’s Champions League Round of 16 tie against Dynamo Kyiv in February 2016, which saw City win 3-1 over in Ukraine. So despite his habit of contentious decisions, City have a fine record with the Spaniard in charge.
Full list of appointments for Manchester City vs. Napoli:
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Jacob Erel (ISR)