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Linesman stood down after Lescott suggestion

Updated: Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 15:29 | Comments

John Brooks misses out after suggesting that Manchester City players should recognise their fans
John Brooks misses out after suggesting that Manchester City players should recognise their fans

The assistant referee who told Manchester City players to thank fans who had paid £62 for tickets against Arsenal has been taken off duty for tonight's FA Cup third-round replay between West Brom and QPR.

It is understood that the action is not intended to be a punishment by referees' chiefs at Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO) but to remove John Brooks, a relatively new professional official, from the limelight.

Brooks was broadcast on TV during the post-match handshakes saying to City defender Joleon Lescott: "They've paid 62 quid over there, go and see them".

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