James Milner was sent off in Liverpool's 4-3 win over Crystal Palace after picking up two yellow cards.
But it turns out he knew the referee a lot better than most players.
After Jon Moss showed Milner a second yellow, sending him for an early bath, it transpired that Moss was the 33-year-old's former PE teacher.
Moss taught Milner at Westbrook Lane Primary School in Leeds.
After the game, Twitter uncovered an old team photo including both Moss and Milner.
photo evidence Moss as coach and Milner as captain pic.twitter.com/VhhYlRWvwR— Foz (@chrisfozard) January 20, 2019
According to the BBC, Moss taught Milner about 20 years ago and "recalls him as being a talented sportsman and good at cricket too." They also state that the Premier League confirmed the photo is real.
A stat from Opta also revealed that Milner's two red cards for Liverpool, including the one on Saturday, both came against Crystal Palace and were both for fouls on Wilfried Zaha.
Milner will be suspended for Liverpool's game with Leicester on January 30 as a result of the red card.