Referee told to ‘give himself a yellow card’ after clash with Brentford star

Referee David Coote was jokingly told to give himself a yellow card after colliding with Brentford star Mads Bech Sorenson during the Bees’ clash with Manchester City.

Thomas Frank’s men have impressed in their first season in the Premier League, though entered the visit of City on the back of a disappointing defeat to Brighton on Boxing Day.

City meanwhile have stormed to the top of the table and look well-set to win a second successive title having won nine successive matches heading into their trip to the capital.

Brentford gave a good account of themselves in Wednesday’s game, but City secured the three points thanks to Phil Foden’s early goal.

But it was an incident 10 minutes after Foden’s strike that prompted much amusement from the players, crowd and Amazon Prime commentary team.

City star Jack Grealish was tackled by Brentford defender Ethan Pinnock, with the ball rolling loose in midfield.

Sorenson moved towards the ball to challenge Fernandinho for possession, but fell to the ground after being body-checked by Coote and required treatment from physios.

There was obviously no intention from Coote to bring down the Brentford star, with the referee merely attempting to move out of the way of the ball.

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But Amazon Prime commentators Ally McCoist and Peter Drury joked that the match official should have booked himself for what would have been a foul had a player copied his actions.

“Was it the referee? It was yeah. I mean there’s a case there that he should be giving himself a yellow card to be quite frank with you Peter in normal circumstances,” McCoist said.

“How much intent was there in that? That was a sharp old elbow,” Drury replied with McCoist heard laughing in the background.

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“No, he’s obviously decided that it’s his first offence and he’s gonna treat himself lightly,” McCoist added.

As well as keeping his cards in his pockets in that incident, Coote also failed to show a yellow or red card to either a Bees or City player at the Brentford Community Stadium.

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