Champions League: the boss of referees at UEFA judges "unacceptable" autograph request from Haaland

One of the assistant referees of Manchester City-Dortmund (2-1), Tuesday night in the Champions League, asked for an autograph from Erling Haaland at the final whistle. For a good cause, but this greatly displeased the UEFA side.

This is called a regular crop. Tuesday evening, a few moments after the final whistle of Manchester City-Dortmund (2-1) in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League, one of the referees called out the Norwegian striker Erling Haaland in the tunnel from Etihad Stadium to ask him … for an autograph. Several, even, since the official signed his yellow card, then his red card. This greatly displeased the boss of UEFA referees.

In an email sent to the various officials, and consulted by Sky Sports, Roberto Rosetti considers this behavior “unacceptable”, and asks for “dignity and professionalism”.

“If you want to be respected as much as the players, why are you asking them for an autograph or their jersey?”

“You are responsible for your behavior and that of your team members when you are on a mission for UEFA, the Italian manager recalls in writing. (…) If you want to be respected as much as the players, why ask them do you have an autograph or their jersey? Are they asking you that much? “

And to continue in such a dry tone: “It is simply unacceptable, it is a question of dignity. Do not forget the number of television cameras during UEFA matches – they capture everything.”

According to Sky, this email was sent the day after the match, so Wednesday. However, since then, the Romanian press has revealed that the referee in question, Octavian Sovre, has the habit of collecting autographs to then organize auctions in order to financially help a therapy center for people with autism. . What the Romanian federation confirmed to the British media.

“The best interview is the one you don’t give”

In addition, Roberto Rosetti advises the referees to remain as closed as possible, and not to invest in the pedagogy with the actors. “You don’t need to explain anything to the players or coaches after the game, even if you realize you made a mistake on the pitch,” he says. to your team and the observer. Contact me if you wish, but do not ask to see the coach after the game to explain or apologize for your mistake. “

And the same goes for the press. “Remember what a former chairman of the UEFA referees committee once told us: the best interview is the one you don’t give, says Rosetti. just arbitrate. ” Good atmosphere.

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