07 Apr Erling Haaland autographs yellow card for ref after Dortmund’s loss to Man Metropolis
Europe’s prime golf equipment may all be battling for the signature of Borussia Dortmund’s prolific striker Erling Haaland, however it was a Romanian assistant referee who managed to get the Norway worldwide to place pen to paper on Tuesday.
Tv footage confirmed one of many Romanian officers in command of the Champions League quarterfinal first leg, gained 2-1 by Manchester Metropolis, approaching Haaland within the tunnel after the sport to get him to signal his yellow card — and succeeding in his quest.
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The 20-year-old Haaland is essentially the most wanted expertise within the European recreation and has been linked with a transfer to Metropolis and their native rivals Manchester United in addition to Spanish giants Actual Madrid and Barcelona.
It’s not regular protocol for match officers to ask gamers for autographs after video games, and UEFA may reply, however Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola had no downside with the referee’s request.
Guardiola mentioned: “They instructed me. Possibly he is a fan. Why not? The referees had been good, the sport was not an issue. The VAR instructed me it was not a penalty and [Jude] Bellingham, the leg is greater than anticipated. Yeah, the referees had been good.”
After the match, Borussia Dortmund interim coach Edin Terzic mentioned Man Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola was complimentary about his team’s efficiency, however the Bundesliga boss mentioned his aspect could be prepared for the second leg on April 14.
“Pep had some good phrases for me at full-time, however we’re not finished but. We’ll see one another once more in eight days’ time,” mentioned Terzic. “It is half-time and the tie continues to be open.
“We’ll be prepared to present it our all to overturn the consequence and attain the subsequent spherical. We stored their probabilities to a minimal and posed a risk ourselves going ahead. It was evenly matched, so we’re disillusioned with the consequence ultimately.”
Info from Reuters was used on this story.