Unacceptable, unworthy: UEFA tells referees to stop looking for player autographs
UEFA told match officials it was unacceptable and unworthy to ask players for autographs, after a referee’s assistant asked Erling Haaland to sign red and yellow cards after the UEFA Champions League game. champions Borussia Dortmund in Manchester City.
UEFA chief refereeing Roberto Rosetti wrote to the referee teams after the incident in the Manchester tunnel on Tuesday night was caught on camera as the players left the pitch after the 2-1 defeat of Dortmund.
“UEFA has made a point of making you respect as much as the players and you have contributed to that by looking at the role: athletic, imposing, respectful and professional,” Rosetti wrote on Wednesday in correspondence first reported by the UK channel Sky Sports and verified by UEFA.
“If you want to be respected as much as the players, why are you asking for their autograph or their jersey? Are they asking so much? It’s just unacceptable, it’s a matter of dignity and don’t forget the number of TV cameras at UEFA matches – they catch it all. “
It was later reported in his native Romania that Octavian Sovre, the referee’s assistant at City, wanted the cards signed to raise funds for an autism center.