Antonio Mateu Lahoz will no longer referee this weekend’s Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Valdebebas after picking up an injury.
As such, the Professional Competition Refereeing Committee (CACP) have replaced him with Jesus Gil Manzano.
Mateu Lahoz received plaudits for his refereeing performance during Bayern Munich’s Champions League quarter-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, and it was hoped that he would cap off a big week with the Clasico.
There was a chance that Jose Luis Munuera Montero was going to come in as Mateu Lahoz‘s replacement, but instead it will be Gil Manzano, who was originally set to rest this weekend.
Second Clasico for Gil Manzano
The last-minute referee replacement previously oversaw a Clasico in Matchday 9 of the 2014/15 campaign, when Real Madrid won 3-1 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Gil Manzano has officiated 31 Real Madrid matches, which have resulted in 25 wins, three draws and three defeats. In terms of Barcelona matches, he has refereed 20, of which the Blaugrana have won 11, drawn five and lost four.
This year he has been the referee for three Real Madrid matches, with one win (against Athletic, when he sent off Raul Garcia), one draw (against Real Sociedad) and one defeat (the three-penalty match at Mestalla). He has only refereed Barcelona on one occasion in LaLiga Santander this season, which was the 1-1 draw against Sevilla. He also refereed the Supercopa de Espana final, in which he sent off Lionel Messi.