Unacceptable, undignified: UEFA tells referees to cease looking for gamers’ autographs

UEFA has instructed match officers it’s unacceptable and undignified to hunt autographs from gamers, after a referee’s assistant requested Erling Haaland to signal pink and yellow playing cards after Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League sport at Manchester City.

UEFA’s chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti wrote to refereeing groups after the incident within the tunnel in Manchester on Tuesday night time was caught on digicam because the gamers left the sector following Dortmund’s 2-1 loss.


“UEFA has strived to get you respected as much as the players and you have helped with that by looking the part: athletic, commanding, respectful and professional,” Rosetti wrote Wednesday in correspondence first reported by British broadcaster Sky Sports and verified by UEFA.

“If you want to be respected as much as the players, why would you ask for their autograph or their shirt? Do they ask you for the same? This is simply unacceptable, this is a matter of dignity and don’t forget about the number of TV cameras at UEFA matches — they catch everything.”

It was later reported in his native Romania that Octavian Sovre, the referee’s assistant at City, needed the signed playing cards to lift funds for an autism centre.

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