The Romanian referee campaigns for an association to support autistic people. The action was controversial.
The Romanian linesman Octavian Sovre justified his controversial autograph request to the Dortmund star striker Erling Haaland. This was done for a good cause, said Sovre on Thursday the portal “playsport.ro”. He has been systematically collecting autographs from various athletes for a long time, which are then sold to a Romanian association to support autistic people.
On Tuesday evening, after Borussia Dortmund's quarter-final first leg in the Champions League at Manchester City (1: 2), Sovre asked for an autograph when he walked into the dressing room, as was shown by the English TV provider BT Sport . This unusual request had caused excitement and some criticism. It is unclear whether the case with the European Football Association will have consequences. The matter will not be commented on, UEFA said on request.
BT Sport showing linesman getting Haaland's autograph post match … pic.twitter.com/Zm46uZ2Cek
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The association “SOS Autism” from Sovre's home region Bihor took the line judge under protection and offered him honorary membership. Thank you for the donations, without which the association could not work, explained the chairwoman Simona Zlibut to the portal gsp . ro .
Sovre estimates that he collected around 250 autographs and gave them away to “SOS Autism”. Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi even gave him nine autographs after telling him they were for a good cause. His autograph hunt has always been done discreetly. But now, by chance, a TV camera in Manchester recorded his meeting with Haaland.