Heartfelt Moment Of A Referee Who Lost His Mother, See What he Did After The Match’s Final Whistle (Photos)

A football referee, Ovidiu Hategan broke down in tears at the end of a match as Netherlands took on Germany in their Nations League final group game.

But just moments after scoring the crucial goal, Dutch and Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk went over to comfort the crying referee and then explained why.

The Liverpool defender said: “That man broke down, stood with tears in his eyes because he had just lost his mother.

“I wished him strength and said that he had done well.

“It’s a small thing, but maybe it helps him.”

The Oranje captain van Dijk scored the crucial late equaliser to send his country into the Nations League finals next summer.

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It was a classy gesture from the Holland captain – who was sent up front in the final moments after a scribbled tactics note – but it was not his first of this international break.