Manchester City and Newcastle United fans may not have expected to see a random David Brent rendition from Premier League referee Simon Hooper.
Fans of Pep Guardiola’s side have already seen Phil Foden dance through the Magpies defence before firing home the opening goal. However, the most memorable moves belong to the official, who seemed to suddenly channel his inner Ricky Gervais during the match.
As the Newcastle players began to question one of Hooper’s decisions, the referee suddenly stretched both arms out wide and began to simultaneously wriggle them around. While nobody in black and white was chuckling, the rest of the football world were beside themselves.
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“Ref was channelling his inner David Brent then,” one fan commented on social media. “Did the ref just do the David Brent dance to justify giving Wilson a free-kick,” another confused supporter wrote.
One other fan tweeted, “did the referee in the Man City vs Newcastle game just do a David Brent impression,” before somebody else wrote, “the David Brent dancing video meme will be doing the rounds later.” Others even felt it reminded them of video game Fortnite.
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That supporter was absolutely right as the digital football world could not help but laugh. Considering the potential ramifications from this contest, it is certainly not the time for dancing.
Eddie Howe’s side are in desperate need of a result having gone five Premier League matches without a win. They have already dropped out of the top four and could be as low as seventh if results do not go their way.
Meanwhile, the Citizens cannot afford anything less than the full three points as they continue to heap the pressure on Arsenal. The reigning champions came into the contest trailing the Gunners by five points.
After a recent dip in form, Arsenal have won three consecutive matches and look to have rediscovered their confidence and ruthlessness in front of goal.
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