The Referee And Linesmen Were Seen Kissing Their Medals After The Champions League Final
Fans from across the globe witnessed a wholesome moment during the Champions League final when the referee and linesmen were seen kissing their medals after the game.
Bayern Munich became champions of Europe as they beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 thanks to a Kingsley Coman header in the second half.
Man-of-the-match Manuel Neuer lifted the famous 'jug ears' trophy for Bayern while PSG megastars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were reduced to tears.
Man of the Match officially awarded to the lino for kissing his medal. #UCLfinal #CelebrityRefs
- Celebrity Refs (@CelebrityRefs) August 23, 2020
But that definitely wasn't the best part of the trophy ceremony.
That award went to the game officials themselves.
Prior to the heartbroken PSG players receiving their runners-up medals, match referee Daniele Orsato and his assistant Lorenzo Manganelli couldn't contain their excitement as they collected their medals.
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Seen walking away from the Estadio da Luz podium, the duo were seen kissing their medals in a heartwarming moment that just proves how much this game meant to both of them.
Kissing the medal and looking down the barrel, Mike Dean eat your heart out pic.twitter.com/e3CaBcI206
- Ben (@BenJoyceFoot) August 23, 2020
Fans on social media were quick to pick up on the act, hailing the officials for both their performance during the match and their passion after it.
One fan tweeted: "It means as much to them to officiate a final as it does a player to win it. It's the pinnacle of their profession."
While another said: "He touched the trophy on the way out at the start of the match. This, the Euros final and the World Cup final are the biggest honour an official can receive. Fair play to him."
And one tweeted: "To be fair these refs work their entire careers and majority of their life to ref this match! He's proud!"
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