The Premier League referee who red carded James Milner at the weekend once taught him at primary school in Leeds.
Jon Moss is a former member of staff at Westbrook Lane Primary School in Horsforth - where he coached the football team in which Milner, now 33, was the star player.
Liverpool's Milner was dismissed after picking up a second yellow card for a foul on Wilfried Zaha in the clash against Crystal Palace, which Liverpool won 4-3.
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Moss, 48, grew up in the north-east, where he played for Sunderland's academy, but moved to Yorkshire to study PE and teaching at the University of Leeds. He began taking refereeing courses as a teenager, but only return to officiating in 1999 when his own amateur football career ended. He has been a Premier League regular since 2011.
Moss lives in Horsforth, where boyhood Leeds United fan Milner grew up, and is a member of the West Riding County FA.
The highly-rated ref apparently recalls Milner's talents on the cricket field as well as the football pitch. He played junior football for a club in Rawdon before joining the Leeds United academy aged 10, after being spotted by a scout playing for Westbrook Juniors. He later attended Horsforth and Boston Spa secondary schools.
Milner spent two years as a senior pro at his hometown club before moving to Newcastle United in 2004.