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El Clásico: Mateu Lahoz out for Clásico; Gil Manzano will take charge

Mateu Lahoz, the most-respected Spanish referee at international level, was due to officiate El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Alfredo Di Stéfano.

Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz hands a yellow card to Barcelona's Spanish defender Jordi Alba during the Spanish League football match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on March 1, 2020. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZ

The RFEF confirmed on Friday morning that Gil Manzano will replace referee Mateu Lahoz to oversee El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona on Saturday.

Lahoz, who took charge of Bayern Munich vs PSG on Wednesday, was officially named on Thursday as the referee of this weekend's encounter in Madrid, however due to an injury setback, he will not take charge at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano.

A statement released by the RFEF read:

"The Arbitration Committee of the Professional Competition (CACP) has changed the appointment of referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz due to a muscle injury, the referee initially appointed to direct the match between Real Madrid CF - FC Barcelona on matchday 30 of the First Division.

"His replacement will be Jesús Gil Manzano."

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