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11th Apr 2016

Hilarious linesman psyches himself up for Spurs vs Man United like he’s about to fight Anthony Joshua

Nooruddean Choudry

Has a referee’s assistant ever been this pumped for a game?

It was remarkable to see Eddie Smart mentally ready himself for Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United on Sunday afternoon. We thought Gary Neville was intense before a game, but he’s got nothing on this highly-strung lino.

Smart was assisting match referee Mike Dean for the ‘Super Sunday’ encounter at White Hart Lane, but looked ready to go 12 rounds with Anthony Joshua judging by his wide-eyed stare, neck exercises and generally pumped up demeanour.

It just goes to show how psyched you need to be to lift up that flag for offside…