Official who told Man City players to thank fans 'axed for FA Cup match'

A linesman who told Manchester City players to thank supporters that paid £62 for a ticket at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium has been stood down from a match tonight, according to The Independent.

Joleon Lescott was told to 'go and see' the Man City fans after they beat Arsenal. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

John Brooks was caught on camera, after City's 2-0 win against Arsenal, telling Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott: "They've paid 62 quid over there, go and see them."

The body that assigns referees and assistants to games, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, has reportedly punished the linesman for his comment and dropped him from tonight's FA Cup replay between West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers.