It was also one of the images of this Champions League Tuesday night. Manchester City – Dortmund assistant referee Octavian Sovre asks Erling Haaland for an autograph in the hallway of the Etihad Stadium after the game. An image that made a lot of talk. While some saw it as unprofessional, the reason for this request is actually quite simple.
Octavian Sovre has been collecting donations for five years for a hospital center specializing in helping children and adults with Down’s syndrome, located in the Bihor region in Romania. These donations are sold each year at an auction and the profits are used to finance the hospital center, as revealed by the Romanian newspaper. Gazeta Sporturilor. Simona Zlibut, the director of the association linked to the center, thanked Octavian Sovre for his commitment: “I cannot describe how much Octavian has helped us for many years”, she explained to the Romanian media.