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The Incredible Moment Mateu Lahoz Booked Four Players At Once To Become 'Next Generation' Mike Dean

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The Incredible Moment Mateu Lahoz Booked Four Players At Once To Become 'Next Generation' Mike Dean

Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz has gone viral after booking four players at once during Getafe's 1-0 win over Real Mallorca.

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Lahoz is one of the most popular referees outside of England and can be seen officiating games in the Champions League, most recently Inter Milan's 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield.

He took charge of Getafe and Real Mallorca's relegation six-pointer on Saturday and tempers started to flare.

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Players from both sides almost came to blows and Lahoz got involved with deadly efficiency.

At the speed of sound he looked to his right to book Getafe duo Enes Unal and Sandro Ramirez.

With his card still in his hand, the 45-year-old turned to Mallorca's Giovanni Gonzalez and Franco Russo for four bookings in the space of a second.

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Fans have reacted to the footage and they think they've found an heir to Mike Dean's throne, with the famous Premier League official set to retire at the end of this season.

One commented: "Mike Dean is retiring at the end of the season so Mateu Lahoz is stepping up his performance art."

Another put: "You won’t see better officiating than that all season, for me."

A third said: "The Mike Dean Show walked so Antonio Mateu Lahoz could run."

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While someone tweeted: "This man is insane."

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

If you think he went the full 90 minutes without giving a red card, you thought wrong.

Russo was given his marching orders just past the hour mark and Getafe went on to secure the win thanks to Borja Mayoral.

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Getafe have moved up to 14th in the table while Mallorca remain in the relegation zone.

Lahoz clearly fancies himself to follow in Dean's footsteps.

It was announced last month that Dean will be stepping away from on-field officiating at the end of this campaign.

The 53-year-old is likely to become a full-time VAR official after 22 years on the pitch.

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Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

Dean has refereed 554 top-flight games and no other referee has handed out as many yellow or red cards as him.

He's the first man in history to brandish 100 red cards in the Premier League.

The unfortunate recipient was Ashley Young, with the former Manchester United captain walking during a 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers in April 2019.

Featured Image Credit: La Liga TV

Topics: La Liga, Spain

Daniel Marland
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