What? Former Arsenal’s Watt red-carded for saying his own name


What? Former Arsenal's Watt red-carded for saying his own name
Former Arsenal ace Sanchez Watt shown red card after referee mistakes his name for him arguing "What? What?" | Best Worldwide News.IMAGE/COURTESY/Livetechinfo.com

In Summary

  • Former Arsenal forward Sanchez Watt received the most bizarre red card of the season after a referee mistook the player saying his own name for dissent.
  • Watt, playing for Hemel Hempstead in their National League South clash with East Thurrock on Tuesday night, was asked his name by ref Dean Hulme so that he could book him for kicking the ball away

Report by Daily Mail Online

Former Arsenal forward Sanchez Watt received the most bizarre red card of the season after a referee mistook the player saying his own name for dissent.

Watt, playing for Hemel Hempstead in their National League South clash with East Thurrock on Tuesday night, was asked his name by ref Dean Hulme so that he could book him for kicking the ball away.

But the official grew frustrated when the answer given was ‘Watt’, mistaking the reply as the player saying ‘What?’ and arguing against his decision. Hulme asked Watt three times for his name, receiving ‘Watt’ as the reply each time, before seeing red and giving Watt his marching orders.

Hemel Hempstead captain Jordan Parkes rushed over to explain to the referee that the player’s name was actually Watt, and he had been clearly telling him so all along.

A presumably embarrassed Hulme then reversed his decision to punish Watt with a second yellow card for dissent, and the payer stayed on the pitch.

Hemel Hempstead’s Twitter account summed up the confusion. Here’s how they tweeted the incident: ‘Red card: Sanchez Watt is sent off, presumably for dissent.

‘And all of sudden the colour of the card changes to yellow. A rather bizarre incident all stemming from the decision to award Thurrock a goal kick despite a clear touch from a defender before the ball went out.

Watt came through Arsenal’s youth ranks in 2009, and was a part of the team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2009 alongside the likes of Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and Henri Lansbury but he failed to establish himself at the Emirates Stadium and left for Colchester after four frustrating years.

The former England Under-19 international has since slipped down into non-League football, via a stint in India with Kerala Blasters.

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