Erling Haaland was requested for his autograph by assistant referee Octavian Sovre after Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday night time.
The Dortmund striker, who arrange Marco Reus’ away objective earlier than Phil Foden’s last-gasp winner for City, was filmed signing one thing for the linesman within the tunnel after the sport.
Describing the incident on BT Sport, former Premier League stars Owen Hargreaves and Joleon Lescott slammed the official’s behaviour.
Former Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves stated: “That they had a troublesome first-half they usually acquired quite a lot of issues unsuitable.
“You generally is a fan, however you possibly can’t do this in entrance of the opposite gamers, it simply doesn’t look proper.”
Lescott added: “There’s by no means a proper time for that, it simply doesn’t bode nicely for the officers. It’s a infantile factor to see.”
Haaland, 20, is one among world soccer’s greatest stars and no participant has been written about extra over the previous few weeks.
The Norway sensation has been linked with most of Europe’s high golf equipment forward of a possible switch this summer time.
City are a type of golf equipment – and whereas Haaland couldn’t add to his unbelievable Champions League file on the Etihad, he was concerned within the Dortmund objective.
Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring for City, earlier than some questionable officiating led to Jude Bellingham having a objective disallowed for Dortmund.
The guests ultimately acquired their away objective within the 84th minute when Haaland performed a pleasant first-time ball to Reus, who transformed previous Ederson, however Foden restored City’s lead earlier than the full-time whistle.