Emirates linesman stood down

  • Last Updated: January 15 2013, 10:05 GMT

The assistant referee who told Manchester City players to thank their fans for paying to watch them at the Emirates on Sunday has been stood down from Tuesday night's FA Cup game between West Brom and QPR.

Fan protests against the price of match tickets
Fan protests against the price of match tickets

John Brooks was seen on camera telling Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott to show their appreciation to the supporters who had paid £62 for a match ticket.

However, Brooks appears to have been punished for his actions after he was stood down for Tuesday evening's third-round replay at The Hawthorns.

City had sent back nearly 1,000 unsold tickets for Sunday's match while supporters held up banners in protest at the game saying: "Don't price us out of our game or lose more fans" and "£62! Where will it stop?".

Meanwhile, Arsenal have explained why a steward at the Emirates removed one of the banners from a fan who was protesting at the high ticket prices.

A club spokesman says the banner was confiscated because it impeded the view of others, and for no other reason.


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