Europe’s best clubs may be fighting for the signing of prolific Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, but it was a Romanian assistant referee who managed to get the Norwegian international to put a pencil on paper on Tuesday.
Television footage showed one of the Romanian officials in charge of the Champions League quarter-final first leg, won 2-1 by Manchester City, approaching Haaland in the tunnel after the match to sign his yellow card. , and achieving your search.
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Haaland, 20, is the most sought-after talent in European football and has been linked to a move to City and local rivals Manchester United, as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.
It is not normal protocol for referees to ask players for autographs after matches, and UEFA could respond, but City manager Pep Guardiola had no problems with the referee’s request.
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 wasn’t a penalty and [Jude] Bellingham, the stretch is higher than expected. Yes, the referees were perfect. “
After the match, Borussia Dortmund interim coach Edin Terzic said Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised his team’s performance, but the Bundesliga manager said his team would be ready for the second leg on April 14th.
“Pep had some nice words for me at full time, but we are not done yet. We will see each other again in eight days,” Terzic said. “It is the break and the tie is still open.
“We will be ready to give it our all to reverse the result and move on to the next round. We kept his chances to a minimum and posed a threat to us going forward. He was even, so we are disappointed with the result in the end.”
Information from Reuters was used in this story.