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FIFA consider changing the referee for the Club World Cup Final

Proença, who was the initial candidate, would be substituted by Guatemalan Walter López.

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It seems that the continuous complaints by Matías Lammens, San Lorenzo's president, are finally bearing fruit. Last weekend he talked to the media and expressed his dissatisfaction about the relocation of the Real Madrid-Cruz Azul semifinal, alleging that it would affect the grass in which they were going to play against Auckland City FC last night. Perhaps he expected Real Madrid to play a waterpolo game in the first semifinal.

But, as Marca reports, there were more things Lammens did not like. After San Lorenzo made it into the final last night, FIFA would have communicated both teams that the Portuguese Pedro Proença was the proposed referee for the final. Lammens did not like it and complained strongly about that:

We all know the lobbying power of Real Madrid, but FIFA would be mistaken to only listen to Real Madrid. The norm is that the referee be from a neutral continent, not Portuguese.

Despite the rude accusation by Lammens, which is not proper for a World Cup contender president, it seems evident that he has a point. Marca claims that FIFA are considering the possibility of changing the assignments and place the Guatemalan Walter López in the final. Their final decision will likely be official very soon.

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