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Referee Andre Marriner. Photo: Nick Potts/ PA Wire

Referee Andre Marriner. Photo: Nick Potts/ PA Wire

Referee Andre Marriner. Photo: Nick Potts/ PA Wire

ANDRE MARRINER will find out today if he has been stood down for next weekend's Premier League fixtures for sending off the wrong player in Chelsea's 6-0 win over Arsenal.

Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs for handling the ball in his own box when it was in fact Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who was guilty of the offence.

Marriner apologised to the Gunners for the error, which occurred in the 17th minute, when the league leaders were 3-0 up.

Marriner, who refereed last year's FA Cup final, will learn whether he has been dropped for next weekend's games as a result of the error when the Premier League announces its match officials list later today.

Former World Cup referee Clive Thomas called for Marriner to be stood down for the rest of the season, but former official Dermot Gallagher thinks that is the last thing the 43-year-old needs, and would be happy to see him straight back into the action at the next available opportunity.

"I can't see that would do a referee any good. I can't see it would do Andre any good," said Gallagher.

"You've got one of the leading referees in not only England but in Europe, and you're going to stand him down? That doesn't do the Premier League any good because he is a top top-flight referee – he's made one mistake."


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