Saturday 17 February 2018

Confusion at Stamford Bridge as Andre Marriner sends off wrong player

Referee Andre Marriner dismissed Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs in a case of mistaken identity at Stamford Bridge.

In a truly forgettable first-half for the Gunners, the defender was dismissed when Marriner confused the player with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who had handballed on the line.

Eden Hazard's shot was heading inches wide of goal before Oxlade-Chamberlain dived to his left to divert the ball with his fingertips.

Marriner appeared to consult one of his assistants before awarding the penalty.

In the confusion that ensued, Marriner issued a red card to Gibbs despite Oxlade-Chamberlain appearing to tell the referee that he was in fact the culprit.

The official admitted at half-time that it was a case of mistaken identity.

This is not the first time such an incident has occurred.

In 2002 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was wrongly shown a red card, which the FA later transferred to team-mate Mario Melchiot, while in November, Preston had the wrong man sent off against Port Vale in League One.

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