When match official Octavian Sovre, an assistant referee in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 loss at Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League, caused an uproar at the City of Manchester Stadium by asking Erling Haaland for an autograph in the tunnel at half time as players went in for the break, his motive for doing so was unknown.
However, that motive has now been made known by the Romanian football association through Sky Sports which stated that Sovre had sought for the Dortmund striker’s signature on an item believed to be a yellow card in order donate it to an autism centre where he helps out.
Previously, the reaction from football watchers over the move by Sovre was largely of criticism that it could affect his judgement of the Dortmund striker in subsequent games. Now that the real reason for getting the autograph is known, what do you think? Tell us in the comment section.