After Manchester City’s 2-1 match against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-final first leg, television footage showed Erling Haaland signing an autograph to an assistant referee.
It is a curious scene which took place in the tunnel of the changing rooms of the Etihad Stadium. At the end of the Champions League quarter-final, which Manchester City won 2-1 against Borussia Dortmund, English television channel BT Sport showed footage of Erling Haaland granting an autograph to an assistant referee .
As the Borussia Dortmund players returned to the locker room, the referee, flag under his elbow, took out his yellow and red cards from his pocket for Erling Haaland to sign. What the Norwegian striker, remained silent during the meeting (even if he delivered an assist), did without batting an eyelid. All in the midst of his teammates who passed near him, and even next to several Manchester City players.
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The refereeing trio of the PSG-Basaksehir match
This will certainly not improve the reputation of this refereeing body, which has already been heavily criticized during the meeting for two contentious decisions. First for a penalty awarded to Rodri before being finally canceled. Then for a curious foul whistled against Jude Bellingham, for contact with the Mancunian goalkeeper Ederson (38th).
The referee in charge of this match was none other than that led by the Romanian Ovidiu Haţegan, previously on the whistle of the famous PSG-Basaksehir interrupted during the group stage for a suspicion of racist remarks on the part of the fourth referee. The latter, Sebastian Colţescu, recently suspended for his behavior, was not at the Etihad Stadium. But the two linesmen, Octavian Șovre and Sebastian Gheorghe, were on the other hand very present in Manchester.