I was never asked for a card says Poll

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Former referee Graham Poll insists he was never asked for a yellow card by a Premier League player in 13 years in the top flight.

Referee Steve Bennett, according to claims in the News of the World, was recorded saying footballers had asked to get booked so they could miss certain matches and get time off.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Poll said: "During 13 years as a top-flight official, I refereed 329 Premier League matches and not one player ever asked me to caution him.

"There is not one occasion when I thought a Premier League player deliberately got himself cautioned or sent off."