FCWC Final: Proenca replaced by Lopez

Real Madrid and San Lorenzo fought with FIFA for the appointment of the referee for the Club World Cup final. The Referees Committee chose the Portuguese Pedro Proenca (photo) to referee the final, but the pressure of the president of San Lorenzo, Matías Lamens, has made backtrack to FIFA and all indications are that there will be a change of the referee. The Guatemalan Walter Lopez is now the favorite for Saturday's game. Matías Lamens complained yesterday against Proenca’s election for the final and it seems that his words have persuaded FIFA. "We all know the lobbying capacity of Real Madrid, but it would be a mistake for FIFA to only listen to Madrid. Normally, the referee should be from a neutral continent, not from Portugal”, said the Argentine president. Following these statements, the FIFA Executive Committee, at a meeting held yesterday, has put on the table the possibility of changing the appointment made by the Referees Committee and decided to send Proenca to the third place match and put the Guatemalan Walter Lopez, with little experience, in the final. 

Source: Marca