Ex-Arsenal forward Sanchez Watt was briefly sent off last night, after telling the referee his name.
Currently playing on loan at National League South side Hemel Hempstead, Watt was responding to the referee asking for his name. The official misheard Watt, and believed he was replying to him with 'what', which he mistook as dissent.
Match reporter Allan Mitchell, via Independent.ie, explained the incident: "As we saw it, Watt was going to get a yellow card for complaining that a goal kick given to East Thurrock should have been a corner. We felt this was harsh at the time but it all went a little bit strange after this.
“The referee kept asking Hershel for his name, to which he replied ‘Watt’. The conversation then continued along the lines of: ‘Name?’, ‘Watt’, ‘NAME?’ ‘Watt’, etc.
“After a few seconds, the frustrated official clearly felt the mick was being taken and produced a red card. At this point, Hemel skipper Jordan Parkes joined the conversation and, with the player, explained that his name was indeed Watt and no mickey was being taken.
“The referee, to his credit then realised the error, saw the funny side and reversed his decision. He then trotted over to our bench and to East Thurrock’s to explain.”
Former Arsenal striker Sanchez Watt got in a bit of a muddle last night⬇️— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) March 7, 2018
📒 Booked by ref
🤔 Ref asks: "What is your name?"
😐 He repeatedly says 'Watt'
🔴 Gets sent off for dissent
🏃♂️ Captain runs over
🗣️ Explains his name is actually 'Watt'
😂 Decision reversed pic.twitter.com/0L0aTCEc5z
Despite this disruption, Hemel went on to win the game 2-0, taking them up to fifth in the league table.
Watt took to Twitter after the match and made fun of the encounter by tweeting a video of rapper Birdman. The rapper says in the video: “Stop playing with my name, I ain’t gonna say it no more.”