Nacer Chadli was Tottenham's star at The Emirates as he scored a vital goal in the North London derby.
Yet the Belgian was booked afterwards, for cupping his ear to the crowd in celebration.
Referee Michael Oliver took a dim view, and gave the Spurs scorer a yellow card.
It was a decision lambasted on Twitter by former Southampton Premier League legend Matt le Tissier, who argued such a rule was not one which had been made clear to any players past or present.
Did chadli really get booked for cupping his ear to the crowd?? If so the referee is an embarrassment to football #getagrip— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) September 27, 2014
If yellow cards for cupping ears is a directive from above why not let everyone know about it?— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) September 27, 2014
His stance was backed even more vociferously by former Blackburn striker Jason Roberts, who also ranted on Twitter about the decision.
Ok..it's confirmed..that is a DISGRACE!! RIDICULOUS...that card should be rescinded..and the Ref should get a straight Red..— Jason Roberts (@JasonRoberts30) September 27, 2014
Oliver's thinking was that Chadli was inciting the crowd by cupping his ear to opposing fans, yet given the stick players receive all game, upon scoring a goal, is the action really so bad?