Erling Haaland is asked for his AUTOGRAPHY by the Romanian assistant referee after Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League defeat to Man City, with the striker filmed signing while signing the official’s notebook in the tunnel.
Erling Haaland was notably asked for his signature in the tunnel by assistant referee Octavian Sovre after Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.
The striker played 90 minutes at the Etihad when the Bundesliga side got a 90th minute winner from Phil Foden after Marco Reus canceled Kevin De Bruyne’s first half.
Haaland is one of the biggest stars in world football with a number of European clubs desperate to sign him and he was a much sought-after event at Etihad when the Romanian official cornered him for an autograph.
Erling Haaland was asked for his autograph by one of the assistant referees after Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League confrontation with Manchester City
The Dortmund forward put his arm around the referee when he was approached by him in the tunnel before signing
BT Sport cameras showed Haaland smiling as he was approached in the tunnel by Sovre.
He then held a block for the striker to sign while his Dortmund teammates Gio Reyna and Thomas Delaney walked past.
Joleon Lescott and Owen Hargreaves heavily criticized the official’s actions.
About BT Sport, Hargreaves said: “They had a tough first half and they got a lot of things wrong in that first half.
“You can be a fan, but you can’t do that in front of the other players, it just doesn’t look good.”
Haaland was not on the winning side, but did play a role in Marco Reus’ goal
Former City defender Lescott added: “There’s never a good time for that, it just doesn’t bode well for the officials. It’s childish to see. ‘
The referees had a busy night when City received a penalty kick in the first half before the decision was reversed. Referee Ovidiu Hategan pointed to the spot after Emre Can caught Rodri from a corner kick.
However, after watching the incident on the VAR monitor, he decided to change his mind after reruns revealed that there was a handball from the City man.
The referee was in the middle of the action shortly afterwards when Jude Bellingham was denied an equalizing goal.
The midfielder seemed to have neatly won the ball from City goalkeeper Ederson, but the referee blew for a foul. Bellingham had put the ball into the empty goal, but the decision could not be reversed as the whistle had been blown before he scored.
Referee Ovidiu Hategan had a busy night awarding City a penalty before changing his mind after watching the incident on the VAR monitor
Jude Bellingham was denied a goal after the referee blew after winning the ball from Ederson
Haaland was not on the winning side, but he played a part in Dortmund’s goal, hitting a first pass to Reus, who finished past Ederson.
The attacker could not get on the scoresheet himself, but forced the City goalkeeper to a stop earlier in the second half.
The Norwegian outsmarted Ruben Dias and held off the defender’s challenge, but he was unable to lift the ball over the Brazilian.