Referee dubbed "childish" for getting Haaland to sign cards in City vs Dortmund

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A Champions League referee has been branded "childish" for getting Erling Haaland to sign his red and yellow cards after Manchester City's win over Borussia Dotmund.

Assistant referee Sebastian Georghe was seen collaring the forward after the German side's late 2-1 defeat in the quarter-final first leg.

With the other players from both sides still coming past him in the Etihad Stadium tunnel, he was grinning from ear to ear while the Norwegian signed his official cards.

And the BT Sport pundits were left unimpressed with the assistant referee for his actions.

Manchester United legend and ex-Bayern Munich man Owen Hargreaves said: "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."

While City hero Joleon Lescott added: "There is never a right time for that. It just doesn't look right or bode well for the officials and the set up. It's a childish thing to see."

City boss Pep Guardiola, though, had a different take when he heard about the incident in the tunnel.

The Spaniard said in his post-match press conference: "They told me. Maybe he’s a fan. Why not?

"The referees were brilliant, the game was not a problem. The VAR told me it was not a penalty and Bellingham, the leg is higher than expected.

"Yeah, the referees were perfect."

Haaland was visibly trying to get back to the Dortmund dressing room after suffering a disappointing end to the night against Guardiola's side.

And fans on Twitter were left squally baffled at assistant referee Georghe's actions.

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  • "As if the match officials hadn’t been amateur enough on the pitch, the referee’s assistant then asks Haaland for his signature in the tunnel," one said.

    "I thought this was the Champions League?"

    Another sarcastically commented: "Completely normal behaviour for a referee in a Champions League quarter final."

    While a third held nothing back, with: "This linesman getting Haaland Autograph in the tunnel is a disgrace."

    And a fourth added: "The referee chased Erling Haaland down the tunnel to get his autograph! Embarrassing!"

    With a fifth simply writing: "How can you do that in front of other players?!"

    Haaland failed to add to his 20 Champions League goals in just his 15th game of the competition.

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    Kevin de Bruyne opened the scoring for the home side after 20 minutes, finishing off a slick move from an Emre Can missed pass.

    Dortmund thought they had drawn level when Jude Bellingham beat goalkeeper Ederson to a ball on 37 minutes – but it was ruled out for a foul on the shot-stopper.

    City were put under pressure in the second half, with Haaland grabbing an assist for Marco Reus on 83 minutes.

    But it was the Premier League side's day as Phil Foden slotted into the net with a minute of normal time left.

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    • Champions League
    • Manchester City FC
    • Borussia Dortmund FC

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