Undiano says goodbye to LaLiga after 19 seasons and 348 games

The Navarre referee has been fired from First Division at Real Madrid-Betis. It is the main candidate to whistle the Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Valencia.

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Pamplona, 1973) has whistled his last official match at LaLiga Santander at the Santiago Bernabéu. He says goodbye to the First Division after 19 seasons and 348 games. Record in the competition. This Monday you could announce your appointment as the main referee of the Copa del Rey to be played on Saturday 25 between Barcelona and Valencia at Benito Villamarín.

Undiano Mallenco arbitrated during the 90s by all the lower categories of Spanish football. Passed through regional, Second B and Second. On September 10, 2000 he made his debut in the First Division in Numancia-Oviedo (1-0). He did it at the age of 26, being the youngest referee to whistle in the Spanish top flight, until he was snatched in 2017 by Alberola Rojas. The Navarrese referee was appointed as international referee in 2004, being called in several World U-20 and also in the World Cup in South Africa, in which he refereed three games (Germany-Serbia, North Korea-Ivory Coast and Holland-Slovakia) .

After 19 seasons at the highest level, he will bid farewell on May 25 in the Copa del Rey final, although it will probably not be his last match. I could do it in an international match on June 2. It would be in the friendly match between France and Bolivia. Says goodbye the referee with more matches in the First Division (348), surpassing the 291 of Iturralde González and the 276 of Perez Lasa. Despite leaving the arbitration professionally, the CTA will continue to count on him, although it has not yet been revealed whether he will continue as a referee of VAR (as Álvarez Izquierdo does) or within the organizational chart.

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