Ref asks Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund for an autograph
Look, there is usually nothing wrong with asking for Erling Haaland’s autograph.
The star of Borussia Dortmund is already one of the best players in the world, and the chances are good that he will only get better at the age of 20. This is the guy you want your autograph.
Unless you’re a Champions League referee. Whose crew just fired a huge phone call against Haaland’s team.
When not to ask for Erling Haaland’s autograph?
After Dortmund lost 2-1 to Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, an assistant referee was seen on video following Haaland into the tunnel. After a brief back and forth, the assistant seemed to pull out two yellow cards for Haaland to sign.
Players from both teams walked by when it went down.
If Haaland looks a little unimpressed in this video, it may be because his team lost 2-1 if they tied 2-2 in the second leg of the quarter-finals.
If you rewind in the first half, you can see Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham make his way towards the most open goal of his life. The midfielder pounced on City goalkeeper Ederson and used a questionable touch to push the ball forward. One goal was certain.
And then the referee decided that the contact must have been a foul. Further reruns were shown there would have I had contact, but it was just Ederson’s foot that put Bellingham in the shin.
That hideous call was quite costly as Manchester City won 2-1 at the end of the home game. Dortmund will get the chance to return to Germany next week but they would be in a better position than they are now if the goal had been allowed.
In the meantime, one has to wonder whether a particular referee is getting a message from UEFA about the proper decency of the players. For what it’s worth, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he had no problem with the autograph and that he was pretty happy with the office on the pitch too.
Guardiola said: “They told me. Maybe he’s a fan. Why not? The referees were brilliant, the game wasn’t a problem. The VAR told me it was not a penalty and [Jude] Bellingham, the leg is higher than expected. Yes, the referees were perfect. “
Some have also noted that this was the same crew of umpires involved in an incident in which Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir went off the field after the fourth official racist language was directed against one of Istanbul’s assistant coaches.
The bow official Sebastian Coltescu remains suspended for the remainder of the season, but it’s safe to say that the season has been better for the referee teams.
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