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Arsenal’s Gibbs Sent Off For Handball by Oxlade-Chamberlain

Referee Andre Marriner made a horrible decision in the London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal today when he mistakenly sent off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a handball in the area.

With Chelsea leading 2-0 with early goals by Samuel Eto’o and Andre Schurrle, Chelsea took a shot on goal but it was saved on the line by Chamberlain, who handled the ball to direct it around the post.

Unfortunately, Marriner and the assistant referees made the mistake to send Gibbs off, thinking it was him who handled the ball.

The Ox walked up to Marriner and told him “It was me.” But it was Gibbs who got the marching orders.

Watch the animated GIF here:

And here’s the Vine:

Eden Hazard scored the resulting penalty to put Chelsea into a 3-0 first half lead.

According to NBC Sports, a representative from PGMOL says that Kieran Gibbs will have the red card suspension removed on Monday, so that Oxlade-Chamberlain will receive the red card suspension instead.

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  1. Dimitri Karpan

    March 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    “Kieran Gibbs will have the red card suspension removed on Monday, so that Oxlade-Chamberlain will receive the red card suspension instead.”

    That’s not the case. Arsenal will make an appeal so Gibbs won’t have to sit off, but The Ox will not receive a ban!

  2. francis

    March 22, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Ox has been subbed out, but what would have happened if he stayed in and scored 5 goals for an Arse win? would the result be called into question? Totally hypothetical of course

    • Christopher Harris

      March 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Referees make mistakes, so once the decision has been made in the game, it can’t be changed. The referee’s decision is final but The FA will make a statement on Monday, I’m sure.

      • San Fransiscan

        March 22, 2014 at 11:43 am

        They made one via twitter: Clubs can appeal mistaken identity to The FA, although The FA can pro-actively review also. Following a red card clubs can also review possibility of a wrongful dismissal claim to The FA, unless the dismissal is for two yellow cards.

        • Bishopville Red

          March 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm

          The referee can also report he gaffe in his match report.

  3. Rick

    March 22, 2014 at 9:46 am

    In the time it took the ref to make up his mind, everyone else saw the replay at least 6 times. Video replay, what a slow, inefficient, system to ever be useful for anything in sports, especially football.

  4. Smokey Bacon

    March 22, 2014 at 9:36 am

    The Ox made a real meal of that save.

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