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Marriner: I was knocked for six after red card blunder

Published 28/03/2014 | 08:25

Referee Andre Marriner, centre, will referee Southampton v Newcastle this weekend
Referee Andre Marriner, centre, will referee Southampton v Newcastle this weekend

Referee Andre Marriner has admitted he has ‘analysed to death’ his red card blunder at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

Marriner wrongly sent off Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs during Chelsea’s 6-0 win last Saturday in a case of mistaken identity when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had handballed in the area.

Marrier, who has not been stood down following the blunder, spoke publicly yesterday for the first time and has said he has found the aftermath difficult to deal with.

“It knocks you for six to be honest,” he is quoted as saying in The Telegraph.

“There’s a lot of talk out there that referees make decisions, go home and don’t care about it but that’s so far from the truth.”

“You’re continuously playing the incident over in your mind. You think about how you could’ve arrived at the right decision and ‘what could I have done differently?’

The official will take charge of Southampton and Newcastle United this weekend and while he has appreciated the support of his peers within the elite Select Group of Referees and the Professional Game Match Officials’ Limited, the incident did leave its mark.

“I’ve met all my colleagues this week so I’ve received a little bit of banter from them which has been good natured.”

“I’ve been down in the dumps and it’s made me smile and hopefully I’ve got my mojo back,” he added.

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