Marriner avoids punishment for error
Referee Andre Marriner appears to have avoided any punishment despite sending off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during Arsenal’s 6-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday after being given a Premier League game to officiate this weekend.
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Gibbs was shown a red card in the first half at Stamford Bridge by Marriner after Gunners teammate Oxlade-Chamberlain was ruled to have handballed Eden Hazard's shot at goal inside the area.
The official appeared to wrongly identify left-back Gibbs as the player who handled the ball and gave him his marching orders, despite Oxlade-Chamberlain's apparent protestations that he was the guilty party.
Marriner, who admitted his mistake to Arsenal after the game, was expected to be taken off duty in the Premier League this weekend following the incident.
However, the Premier League confirmed on Monday that the 43-year-old will take charge of Southampton vs. Newcastle at St Mary’s on Saturday.
Andre Marriner has been appointed referee for Southampton v Newcastle on Saturday 29 March #SOUNEW— Premier League (@premierleague) March 24, 2014
Marriner caused controversy earlier this season after giving Chelsea a late penalty against West Brom, despite Ramires appearing to dive.
After the game, then-Baggies boss Steve Clarke claimed that he had a phone call from head of Professional Game and Match Officials Ltd Mike Riley to apologise for the mistake.