- Erling Haaland was approached by a match official to inscribe his autograph on the red and yellow cards
- Assistant referee Sebastian Georghe has been branded ‘childish’ by pundits at the BT Sports studio
- Manchester City managed a 2-1 win over the Bundesliga giants in the first leg of their quarter-final clash
Following Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg, assistant referee Sebastian Georghe has been branded childish.
It was gathered that the official handed his red and yellow cards to Dortmund’s Erling Haaland to sign on them shortly after the German side lost.
Footage shows Georghe walking up to the Manchester United target inside the Etihad Stadium tunnel smiling while the Norwegian signed his official cards.
Pundits at the BT Sports studios were left unimpressed over the assistant referee’s actions.
Manchester United legend and ex-Bayern Munich man Owen Hargreaves said via Daily Star:
"They had a job to do and they had a really difficult first half, they got a lot of things wrong.
"They are a fan, but you can't do that in front of other players. It just doesn't look right."
City boss Pep Guardiola, though, had a different take when he heard about the incident in the tunnel.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has discountenanced Jurgen Klopp's claims that the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano is not a proper stadium, adding that they are proud to play there.
The facility is often used for training sessions by the senior team while Real Madrid Castilla (B team) play their games on the pitch.
Los Blancos are one leg into the semifinals of the Champions League this season following their 3-1 triumph over their Premier League counterparts.
Legit.ng earlier reported that despite failing to qualify for this season’s Champions League competition, Premier League club Arsenal maintain their record at the competition so far.
The Gunners remain the only team who own the record of 995 minutes without conceding a goal, a feat which was set during the 2005/2006 season.
Manchester City were getting close to equaling such an amazing record having gone 788 minutes without conceding before Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus struck in City’s 2-1 win on Tuesday night, April 6.