Revealed: Why referee Lahoz cried after Champions League final

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Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz, took charge of Chelsea’s Champions League final clash against Manchester City, and the experienced Spaniard did a great job in that game.

Lahoz was hailed for his incredible performance in the game in Porto, and just after he blew his final whistle, he was emotional and let out a tear.

Explaining why he was emotional after the game, Lahoz revealed that he didn’t expect he’d officiate a Champions League final, which is usually a rare occasion reserved only for the best.

“Honestly, I never really imagined that, one day, I would referee a Champions League final,” the Spaniard told UEFA before the final.

“Refereeing is happiness for me, and I think the key to being a referee is to always be yourself. When you referee a match, you’re taking charge of many different personalities. You’re part of the game.”

Lahoz will retire at the end of this summer’s European Championship, and is keen to pass on his knowledge to the younger refs.

“I like to teach, and like to learn,” he continued when prompted about his retirement.

“It’s good to pass on the experience that you’ve gained to younger referees. I like helping my colleagues in this way.”

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