Pep Guardiola says the officials were not wrong in asking for an autograph

The assistant referee in the Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund game asked Erling Halaand for an autograph. Manchester City won the first leg 2-1.

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Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

Manchester City managed to see off Borussia Dortmund in thr first leg of quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night. Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring for the blues.

But an 84th minute equaliser from Marco Reus put them under immense pressure. Thankfully youngster Phil Foden came to the rescue and scored in the dying minutes to give City the lead to take to Germany.

Pep Guardiola’s assessment on the referees

Throughout the game, the match officials came under immense scrutiny after making a wrong decision wherein Borussia Dortmund could’ve equalised. Ederson Moares made a howler and Jude Bellingham had cleanly taken the ball away from him but the referee decided to award a foul when there was no contact with Ederson.

Additionally more controversy reigned when one of the assistant referee asked for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland’s autograph! Many took to social media criticising the official and quoting it was highly unprofessional.

However Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola says maybe they are a fan of Erling Halaand! Guardialo added that the referees did a fine job throughout the match.

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

“They told me – I didn’t see it,” Guardiola said.”Maybe he’s a fan of Haaland so why not? 

“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.

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