After Haaland Incident, UEFA Tells Officials It's Unacceptable to Ask Players for Autographs

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has instructed match officers it’s unacceptable and undignified to search autographs from gamers, after a referee’s assistant requested Erling Haaland to signal purple and yellow playing cards after Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League recreation at Manchester Metropolis.

UEFA’s chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti wrote to refereeing groups after the incident within the tunnel in Manchester on Tuesday evening was caught on digicam because the gamers left the sector following Dortmund’s 2-1 loss.

“UEFA has strived to get you revered as a lot because the gamers and you’ve got helped with that by wanting the half: athletic, commanding, respectful {and professional},” Rosetti wrote Wednesday in correspondence first reported by British broadcaster Sky Sports activities and verified by UEFA.

“In order for you to be revered as a lot because the gamers, why would you ask for their autograph or their shirt? Do they ask you for the identical? That is merely unacceptable, this can be a matter of dignity and don’t overlook concerning the variety of TV cameras at UEFA matches — they catch all the things.”

It was later reported in his native Romania that Octavian Sovre, the referee’s assistant at Metropolis, needed the signed playing cards to increase funds for an autism middle.

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