Romanian assistant referee Octavian Sofre has been suspended from refereeing for asking for Erling Haaland’s autograph.

Octavian Sofre requested for Haaland’s signature after a Champions League game between Dortmund and Manchester City at the Etihad stadium.

The linesman was using it to raise money for a charity that supports adults suffering from severe autism.

The assistant referee has now been hit with a suspension over the incident regardless of experiences in Romania claiming that Sovre has collected signatures from high footballers for the final 5 years to assist elevate funds for an autism centre.

UEFA’s chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti wrote to refereeing groups, warning them that requesting autographs from gamers was ‘unacceptable’.

He further said “UEFA has strived to get you revered as a lot because the gamers and you’ve got helped with that by wanting the half: athletic, commanding, respectful {and professional},”

“If you wish to be revered as a lot because the gamers, why would you ask for their autograph or their shirt? Do they ask you for the identical?

“This is just unacceptable, it is a matter of dignity and remember in regards to the variety of TV cameras at UEFA matches – they catch all the things.” He said.

Manchester City’s boss Pep Guardiola reacting to the incident after the game. “They told me – I didn’t see it. Maybe he’s a fan of Haaland, so why not?” he said, according to Goal.

“Maybe it was for his son and daughter. I’ve never seen it before, but they did a good job.

“The referees were brilliant, the game was not a problem so it’s not a penalty after the VAR, people told me it was not a penalty.

Sovre, who was initially set to officiate within the remaining spherical of Liga I’s fixtures, has now been withdrawn from Ovidiu Hațegan’s crew.