The referee that officiated the La Liga game between Barcelona and Osasuna, Antonio Mateu Lahoz said he was sick in his heart for issuing a yellow card to Messi for his Maradona celebration.
“When I put my hand in my back pocket to pull out the yellow card against Lionel Messi. I got really sick of my heart. I think FIFA should make exceptions to this rule.” Lahoz said.
Messi scored a Maradona-esque goal in Barca’s La Liga fixture at home against Osasuna and removed his shirt to display a Newell’s Old Boys jersey with the number 10, same that was worn by the late Maradona during his stint for the club.
He was then issued a yellow card in accordance with FIFA rule 12 which says players removing shirts is an over joyous celebration and such player gets an automatic yellow card.
Lahoz feels the celebration was a tribute to the legend and FIFA should make an exception to such rule.