The assistant referee who told Manchester City players to thank fans who had paid £62 for tickets against Arsenal has been taken off duty for Tuesday night's FA Cup third-round replay between West Brom and QPR.

It is understood that the action is not intended to be a punishment by referees' chiefs at Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO) but to remove John Brooks, a relatively new professional official, from the limelight.

Brooks was broadcast on TV during the post-match handshakes saying to City defender Joleon Lescott: "They've paid 62 quid over there, go and see them".

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