Romanian assistant referee Octavian Sovre sparked loads of controversy for his obvious choice to chase Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland for an autograph after Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester Metropolis, however worry not… there’s really a healthful rationalization for the entire thing.
Footage of Sovre ready within the tunnel to meet up with Haaland and get his autograph raised loads of eyebrows on Tuesday and had each followers and pundits questioning whether or not officers ought to be allowed to select up autographs from gamers after the sport.
Sovre’s impartiality was thrown into query, however Romanian outlet Gazeta Sportulor reached out to the official to resolve his antics and came upon that the yellow and pink playing cards which Haaland signed are to be donated to an public sale supporting an area autism centre.
SOS Autism Bihor in Oredea, Romania, depends solely on donations and fundraising efforts, and it was revealed that Sovre has been supporting the centre ever since 2015. The official has finished this sort of factor earlier than and has donated loads of soccer memorabilia to the trigger.
Sovre wished to get the autograph of Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola as effectively, however didn’t wish to cross any traces by chasing the Spaniard and as an alternative needed to ‘settle’ for Haaland’s signature by itself.
“That autograph is for a noble trigger,” stated SOS Autism Bihor president Simona Zlibut. “Perhaps folks do not know, however Tavi is straight concerned in supporting this affiliation, which is the one manner this centre can function. There are solely 5 in the entire nation.
“I haven’t got the phrases to speak about Tavi Sovre as a result of he has helped us rather a lot all these years!”
Haaland can be hoping that the universe will reward his good deed with a greater lead to Dortmund’s return leg towards Metropolis on April 14.
The Germans fell to a crushing 2-1 defeat on Tuesday courtesy of a Ninetieth-minute winner from Metropolis starlet Phil Foden, however Marco Reus’ away objective means will probably be all to play for within the second leg.
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