The assistant referee who urged Joleon Lescott to take his Manchester City teammates over to the away section at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to thank the City supporters who paid an exorbitant £62 for each ticket has been axed by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the board that assigns refs and assistants to fixtures.
Assistant ref John Brooks has been removed from the midweek FA Cup replay between West Brom and QPR.
The decision is absolutely awful. Brooks said something that should have been applauded. Standing up for the common supporter. Instead, his common sense words have got him into trouble. Unbelievable.
If you missed what Brooks said, watch this video:
Here are tonight’s Premier League news headlines:
- Official who urged Lescott to applaud ‘£62’ City fans axed from FA Cup duty — The Independent
- José Mourinho puts Chelsea on alert over desire to return to England — The Guardian
- Swansea sign winger Roland Lamah on loan from Osasuna — BBC Sport
- Jose Mourinho congratulates himself on The FA’s 150th anniversary — Dirty Tackle
- Liverpool take Vegard Forren on trial as Southampton plot move for player — The Guardian
- QPR threaten to hijack Newcastle’s £10m move for Marseille striker Loic Remy — The Telegraph
- Everton set to sign Etienne Capoue for €10m to replace Marouane Fellaini — 101GG
- Manchester City hope DVD evidence will help overturn Vincent Kompany’s ban — The Telegraph
- Ten factors that will decide the Premier League title — The Guardian
- Sunderland complete the signing of defender Kader Mangane on loan — BBC Sport
- Hatem Ben Arfa reveals he would be keen on move to Paris St-Germain — The Telegraph
- Joey Barton and Dietmar Hamann trade insults in vicious Twitter row — The Guardian
- ‘I’m in love with English football’: Jose Mourinho hints strongly at EPL return — The Mirror
- Manchester City fan’s protest over £62 ticket falls foul of Arsenal — The Guardian
- Germany want England friendly in build-up to 2014 World Cup — The Independent
- Premier League split over domestic financial fair play regulations — The Guardian
- John Guidetti scores on Manchester City EDS return — Manchester Evening News
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