Referee Manuel Grafe Hilariously Swapped Shirts With Erling Haaland
Referee Manuel Grafe hilariously swapped shirts with Erling Haaland after officiating his final Bundesliga match on Saturday.
The Norwegian phenom, who scored twice to surpass 40 goals for the season, spoke with the departing referee before whipping off his shirt.
Grafe followed suit with him and Haaland exchanging jerseys in a bizarre yet brilliant moment.
Referee Manuel Gräfe swapped shirts with Erling Haaland after his final Bundesliga match :joy:
Brilliant moment! pic.twitter.com/6tZL3Psj0z
– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 22, 2021
The 20-year-old didn’t stop there as he posed for pictures with the rest of the officials.
Haaland’s remarkable gesture sent social media wild.
The ref swapped shirts with Haaland :joy:
– selena rivera (@FutbolSelena) May 22, 2021
Great to watch Haaland and the referee Manuel Grafe, exchange shirts after today’s game. Manuel officiated his last game.
– Uche (@leouzzi) May 22, 2021
One tweeted: “You can see how highly the players rate him and respect him with this gesture.”
A second wrote: “Great to see and shows referees can be supporters but still do a professional job.”
A third joked: “Messi and Ronaldo will want Mike Dean’s shirt when they both retire.”
It’s not the first time an official has received some sort of souvenir from Haaland.