Romanian assistant referee Octavian Sovre has explained that he asked Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund to have him autographed his red and yellow cards because he does it regularly at games and then donates them to charities.
Sovre explained this Thursday in statements to the web playsport.ro that the cards signed by Haaland it will serve as a fundraiser for an organization that supports people with autism.
The referee surprised when he was filmed asking the forward to sign the cards on the way to the dressing room after the Champions League game between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund. In this sense, he explained that he has already done it on another dozen occasions, one of them to Read me
Yes, also for charitable purposes, but generally in a more discreet way.
Sanctioned for racist insults
This is not the first time that Sovre has made the news. The referee was one of the accused and sanctioned by UEFA for racism against Pierre Webó during the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir last December.
Unlike Sebastian Constantin, directly implicated, Octavian Sovre was not disbarred and only received an official reprimand also for “inappropriate behavior”.