Erling Haaland is an extraordinary talent. He is already one of the best players in the world at age 20.
He is set to be one of football’s superstars for many years.
Haaland he was not at his best in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Dortmund Champions League against Man City on Tuesday night.
The Norwegian was powerless as Dortmund fell to a 2-1 loss.
However, despite being on the other side of the defeat, a game judge, Octavian Sovre, decided that he would ask for Haaland’s autograph in the tunnel.
Controversial as the linesman bizarrely asks for Erling Haaland’s autograph after the game
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Sovre was questioned by many for his actions.
Speaking at BT Sport, Owen Hargreaves said: “They [the officials] had a difficult first half and missed many things in that first half.
“You can be a fan, but you can’t do that in front of other players, it just doesn’t feel right.”
While Joleon Lescott said, “There is never a right time for this, it just doesn’t bode well for employees. It’s a childish thing to see.”
Well, it seems that Sovre had good intentions when asking for Haaland’s autograph.
According to Sky Sports’ Paul Gilmour, Sovre did this to raise funds for a support center for adults suffering from severe autism in his country.
The Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor adds: by the Daily Mail, that Sovre has collected signatures from the best football players in the past five years to contribute financially to the center.
Good for you, Sovre.
Despite their good intentions, the Times reports that Sovre is likely to be punished for his actions.
“UEFA is destined to reinforce its orientation to the referees that they should not ask players for autographs or signed tacos after an official from a Romanian match was filmed asking Erling Haaland to sign his yellow card after Borussia Dortmund’s defeat. for Manchester City, “ they write.
“Octavian Sovre is likely to face consequences for his approach to Haaland in terms of his future appointments to UEFA.”