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Revealed: The staggering 125-appearance run of John Stones ended during Brentford win



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Manchester City’s John Stones saw a staggering 125-appearance run without a yellow card at the Etihad Stadium ended against Brentford this week.

The England international centre-back was cautioned by referee Darren England during the final stages of the first-half against Thomas Frank’s men on Tuesday night, in a game that would ultimately see Manchester City run out as victors.

Erling Haaland struck midway through the second-half on a frustrating evening of action in front of the Etihad support, as City ensured that there would be no further fall-out from the 1-1 draw with Chelsea just three days prior.

However, it was Stones’ first-half yellow card that has stunned football fans online, following a new revelation regarding the defenders caution that ended a long-standing run of contests without a booking at home.

As per confirmation from StatCity, John Stones’ yellow card against Brentford this week was his first ever booking at the Etihad Stadium – ending a run of 125 appearances without punishment at the home of the reigning Premier League champions.

Stones was one of Pep Guardiola’s first recruits after becoming manager of Manchester City in the summer of 2016, with the England international joining the club in the same window as the likes of fellow legendary figure Ilkay Gundogan.

City completed the signing of Stones for a reported £47.5 million from Everton on a six-year contract, with a potential extra £2.5 million in add-ons, making him the world’s second most expensive defender in history at the time behind only David Luiz.

Stones has since gone on to win multiple Premier League titles since some in football questioned Manchester City’s financial outlay on the player eight years ago, whilst also playing a starring role in their UEFA Champions League success last season.