Crossword Genius

Privileged citizen mean ref sent off (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

'privileged citizen' is the definition.
(someone given the freedom of a city)

'mean ref sent off' is the wordplay.
'sent off' indicates anagramming the letters.
'mean'+'ref'='meanref'
'meanref' is an anagram of 'FREEMAN'.

(Other definitions for freeman that I've seen before include "Person at liberty or with special rights", "Privileged citizen", "he's totally liberated", "Old DJ", "Morgan - - (films)".)

I've seen this clue in The Times.