Referee Sends Ex-Arsenal Player Off For Merely Stating His Name
Former Arsenal player Sanchez Watt was shown a red card during a National League South game on Wednesday evening amid some farcical circumstances.
A nomadic career has taken Watt from Arsenal to Colchester, Indian side Kerala Blasters, Crawley Town, Billericay Town and now Hemel Hempstead.
As his side won 2-0 against East Thurrock, with Watt scoring the second goal of the game, the 27-year-old was shown a red card after being booked twice by the referee.
The first card was for kicking away the ball. As he was booking him, the referee requested the player's name. Answering 'Watt' three times, with each time the referee believing he had said, 'What?', the official gave the player a second yellow card for dissent.
At that point, Hemel Hempstead captain Jordan Parkes stepped in to resolve the mix-up. The second yellow card was then rescinded.
Ref booked Sanchez Watt for kicking the ball away. Asked him 3 times what his name was, replied three times ‘What’. Booked him for dissent, then sent him off. Called the captain over who explained his name was actually Watt, then reversed the decision. Unbelievable scenes!
— Cllr Jack Duffin (@JackDuffin) March 6, 2018
"Stop playing with my name I ain’t gon say it no mo’ #PutSomeRespekOnMyName," Watt wrote on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
The phantom red card at @hemelfc
This seemed to happen:
The Ref asks Sanchez Watt for his name.
Watt gives it repeatedly but the ref hears it as ‘What? What?’
The ref shows him a red for dissent.
Parkes explains to the ref who rescinds the card.
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— Ollie Bayliss (@Ollie_Bayliss) March 6, 2018