Date: 15th January 2013 at 11:58am
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John Brooks, one of the referee`s assistants from Sunday`s home defeat to Manchester City, appears to have been punished for comments he made to Manchester City`s Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott after the final whistle. As Lescott and Hart went to shake hands with the linesman, Brooks was caught on camera (I`m being generous there, Brooks practically shouted it into the camera) telling them, “Don`t thank me, go and see them (the travelling City support), they paid £62 a ticket.”

Though the F.A. haven`t said specifically that Brooks has been punished in this regard, he has now been stood down for this evening`s cup replay between West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers. Controversy broke in the build up the clash between City and Arsenal as an orchestrated internet boycott saw City send back nearly 1,000 tickets from their allocation in protest at the £62 price.

Brooks appeared to react to the intense media interest in ticket pricing with his comments and, in all probability, has been censured for making the comments so publicly. Meanwhile, an Arsenal spokesman explained that a banner unfurled by the travelling support bemoaning the price of the tickets was removed by stewards because it impeded on the view of some spectators and denied any ulterior reasoning behind its removal.