The assistant’s action was frowned upon by Joleon Lescott, who was a player for the Manchester team and now participates as a commentator.

The refereeing trio of Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund did not have a memorable day. In addition to criticism of Ovidiu Hategan, one of his assistants was seen asking for an autograph from Erling Haaland after the match.

Present in the broadcast of BT Sport, in England, the idol of the City, Joleon Lescott, criticized the attitude of the assistant in the tunnel where players from both teams circulated.

“I know he is a football superstar, but you are the referee of a great UEFA Champions League match,” said the former England club defender.

In the first half, two decisions of Hategan they also caused controversy. The first was that Canri caused a penalty on Rodri, which was annulled after review in the VAR.

The second, however, was different. In a play in which Bellingham steals the ball from goalkeeper Ederson, the Romanian signaled a foul before the ball entered, making it impossible for the Dortmund tie the game.

Injured and offside, forward Jadon Sancho used his Twitter profile to complain about the decision: “You have to check the referee,” wrote the English.

In the field, the City took the lead in the series with a 2-1 victory, thanks to goals from De Bruyne y Foden. Reus shortened the score for the Germans.