Ex-Arsenal player Sanchez Watt had a red card reversed during last night’s match between Hemel Hempstead and East Thurrock after it was explained to the referee that the striker was saying his name rather than being belligerent.
In the process of being booked by official Dean Hulme during the National League South fixture, Watt, who was on the books at the Emirates until 2013, was asked for his name.
It’s reported that the ex-Gunner replied, “Watt, Watt,” only for the referee to assume he was saying, “What? What?”
Having been booked already, he was shown a second yellow for dissent.
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
Luckily for Watt, Hemel Hempstead captain Jordan Parkes was quick to explain the situation to Hulme who then allowed the player to stay on the pitch. The attacker had earlier scored for his new side as they ran out 2-0 winners.
Watt, now 27, scored on his professional debut for the Gunners in a 2-0 League Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion in 2009. At the time the terraces rocked to the chant, “You Watt, You Watt…You Watt, You Watt, You Watt.”
It wouldn’t happen these days because few people actually go to the Emirates anymore. Those that do spend the entire time trying not to slip on the tears of small children whose collective hearts have been broken by how wretched we are.