A charity is ready to profit from assistant referee Octavian Sovre’s determination to ask Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland for an autograph following Manchester City’s Champions League quarter-final first leg win on Tuesday.
The Romanian official approached Haaland within the tunnel at Etihad Stadium and produced a purple and yellow card for the striker to signal.
Some observers questioned Sovre’s actions, amongst them BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves, who stated “it doesn’t look right”.
A childhood good friend of Sovre has now revealed the playing cards are doubtless be auctioned later this month to assist present remedy for autistic folks on the SOS Autism Bihor centre in Romania, which is dependent upon donations and sometimes auctions objects to lift cash.
“The red and yellow signed cards, which my kindergarten classmate Octavian donated to our SOS Autism Bihor centre, will be used for a noble cause,” stated Simona Zlibut, who oversees a remedy centre arrange by dad and mom and whose personal daughter Laura, 21, is autistic.
Haaland, 20, is amongst Europe’s most sought-after skills and has been linked with a big-money transfer this summer season.
Asked for his opinion on the assistant referee asking Haaland for an autograph, City boss Pep Guardiola – who’s amongst those that needs to signal the ahead – didn’t appear involved.
“Maybe he’s a fan of Haaland,” stated Guardiola. “Maybe it was for his son or daughter. I’ve never seen it before, but the referee and the linesman were correct [during the match], they did a good job. That’s all.”
Phil Foden’s late winner earned City a 2-1 victory, after Haaland had arrange Marco Reus to cancel out Kevin de Bruyne’s opener.
The second leg takes place on Wednesday, 14 April at 20:00 BST.