Linesman who advised Man City stars to thank fans for paying high ticket prices taken off duty

The linesman who advised Manchester City's players to thank fans for paying 62 pounds ($100) to watch one of the team's road games has been taken off duty for an FA Cup match.

John Brooks was down to run the line for Tuesday's third-round replay between West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers at The Hawthorns.

Brooks was heard telling City players Joleon Lescott and Joe Hart during post-match handshakes after Sunday's English Premier League match at Arsenal: "They've paid 62 quid over there — go and see them."

City returned more than 900 of the club's 3,000 tickets for the match in protest of high prices.