Referee apologises for Sanchez Watt blunder

  • Referee apologises for Sanchez Watt blunder

Referee apologises for Sanchez Watt blunder

That was the case last night in English non-league football when Hemel Hempstead Town player Sanchez Watt saw red in the National League South game against East Thurrock United.

Instead of hearing Watt repeatedly saying his name - "Watt, Watt" - the referee mistook his cries as dissent of "What?"

When asked for his name by Hulme, the player naturally responded "Watt, Watt".

In reaching for his yellow card, the official asked the Hemel player for his name and he said "Watt".

It needed Hemel captain Jordan Parkes to explain the situation before the official rescinded the red and allowed Watt to complete the final minutes of their 2-0 victory.

Watt played three games for Arsenal in the League Cup as an 18-year-old, scoring against West Brom in the third round at Emirates Stadium on 22 September 2009.

A nomadic career has taken Watt from Arsenal to Colchester, Indian side Kerala Blasters, Crawley Town, Billericay Town and now Hemel Hempstead.

The ex-Gunner - by then en-route for an early bath - was then called back to the ref who quashed the red and reverted back to the initial yellow. We pick out some of the best reaction to the "Watt, what" red card.

"And all of sudden the colour of the card changes to yellow".