News : Haaland: linesman gets autograph after BVB bankruptcy against ManCity
The English broadcaster BT Sport captures the at least unusual, if not cross-border action: Sovre, a Romanian, matches Haaland in the player tunnel, the Norwegian scribbles his signature on his yellow and red card.
Meanwhile, Sovre keeps glancing to the side – as if he doesn’t want to be caught because he knows there will be discussions. Which then of course exist.
Ex-Bayern professional Owen Hargreaves says in his role as a TV expert: “You can also be a fan as a referee, but you can’t do that in front of the other players – it just doesn’t look right.”
Especially since Hargreaves, himself Champions League winner in 2001 (with Bayern) and 2008 (with Manchester United), refers to the debatable situations of the game: “You had a difficult first half with many wrong decisions.”
Sancho tweeted: “This referee needs review!”
30th minute: Referee Ovidiu Hategan imposes a penalty after an alleged foul by Emre Can, can be overruled by the video referee (completely rightly), takes the penalty back, but not Can’s warning.
37th Minute: Jude Bellingham squirts against City goalkeeper Ederson and pushes the ball into the net, but Hategan decides on the foul so quickly that it cannot even come to the video check.
“He should at least have let the campaign continue,” complains DAZN expert Sandro Wagner. Injured Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho tweeted angrily: “This referee needs to be checked!”
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