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Lino Censured For Comments to City Players

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.

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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 15 2013

Time: 11:57AM

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I'm not sure why that should result in censure for the lino. It wasn't untrue or particularly controversial. Quite right to take the banner down though. You wouldn't be able to march around HMRC's office parading a banner complaining about tax rates nor Starbucks protesting about the price of their Lattes.
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15/01/2013 12:26:00

Would you then lie about then Amos and tell people it impeded view? Not sure what to make of the lino, it's not up to him, it's down to his manager. Fergie always gets his players to clap the away support, most of the time ours just effs off down the tunnel.
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15/01/2013 12:43:00

From what I have seen the banner did impede the view, it couldn't not really, in which case what's the lie?
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15/01/2013 12:53:00

That the reasoning behind its removal is almost certainly the ulterior motive, as mentioned.
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15/01/2013 12:57:00

Anyone seen this and think its pretty shocking?
Wyn Mills
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15/01/2013 12:58:00

I don't think there's any real need to stand him down for official reasons. But I am glad he has been simply because of the dramatic way he blurted it into the camera. I understand that Mike Dean is a bit of a camera hog and probably difficult to work with in that respect for your "celebrity" official.
Little Dutch
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15/01/2013 13:02:00

Something tells me they weren't City fans. Its this kind of player hate that will give the club a bad name.
Wyn Mills
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15/01/2013 13:02:00

Couldn't believe it when i saw Dean stride out in fluorescent boots other day, actually, i could. Why does he have to squat in such dramatic fashion when giving a penalty n all? What's the reasoning behind it? Proper confrontational body language as well when engaging with players, can't stand him.
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15/01/2013 13:05:00

There was an incident when the ball was rolling out of play for an Arsenal throw and he executed the most dramatic arm movement I've ever seen. All he needed was a set of glowsticks, a whistle and a flappy jaw and you would have mistaken him for a hippy burnout at the Stratford Rex.
Little Dutch
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15/01/2013 13:08:00

Or see a boeing 747 land on the centre circle ;) he's another Poll clone unfortunately. You're not the player mate just get on with it.
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15/01/2013 13:11:00

I guess HMRC and Starbucks would have told the same lie then. Did anyone remind the lino he got in for free? Hope he was watching the game. We have too few refs, and even fewer of them that get the big TV games, which is why people like Dean get to make mini-celebrities of themselves.
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15/01/2013 13:33:00


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