Former Arsenal player Sanchez Watt was sent off on Tuesday evening after a referee mistook his name for an act of dissent.
The forward was in action for his club Hemel Hempstead against East Thurrock, and received a yellow card for kicking the ball away after the whistle had been blown.
As is standard practice, the ref asked for the player’s name to note the booking, which Watt obliged in giving him. Three times. The match official mistook Sanxhez’s consistent replies of “Watt” as “What? What? What?’ and thus deemed him to be questioning the yellow card in a disrespectful manner. A second yellow was subsequently dished out and Watt was sent off.
It took the intervention of the Hemel Hemstead captain to come over to the referee and explain the situation, before the decision was reversed and play carried on.
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.
— Ollie Bayliss (@Ollie_Bayliss) March 6, 2018
Watt was among the goalscorers as his side defeated East Thurrock 2-0.
— Sanchez Watt ? (@sanchezwatt) March 7, 2018
The 27-year-old spend four years as a youngster at Arsenal, embarking of a number of loan spells before departing on a permanent basis in 2013. He has been in the lower leagues since, aside from a brief spell in the Indian Super League, and joined his current club at the beginning of 2018.