Following the shocking decision to award a red card to Arsenal’s defender Kieran Gibbs instead of Oxlade Chamberlain in the 6 nil drubbing of the Gunners in Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff at the Bridge; Andre Marriner the man who officiated the match has offered an apology to the club.
A statement issued by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited reads thus:
“Andre is an experienced referee and is obviously disappointed that an error of mistaken identity was made in this case.”
“Incidents of mistaken identity are very rare and are often the result of a number of different technical factors.”
“While this was a difficult decision Andre is disappointed that he failed to identify the correct player.”
“He expressed his disappointment to Arsenal when he was made aware of the issue.” End of statement.
With the number of crucial EPL matches still to come within the next few weeks; nothing would soothe the nerves of bruised Arsenal fans more than a reversal of that shocking decision by Andre Marriner. It is however, unclear if Arsenal’s Oxlade Chamberlain, the player that was supposed to have been sent off instead of Gibbs would be made to serve a suspension.
It was an embarrassing situation immediately after the referee flashed the red card to Gibbs during Saturday’s early kickoff. Not even the admission of guilt by the Ox could even make the referee rescind his decision.
Though, the club as at the time of writing this report had not made it clear that it was going to appeal the red shown to Gibbs; the FA had reiterated the fact that the club is within its right to appeal should they deem it necessary to do so.
Andre Marriner’s decision aside, the match against title rivals Chelsea was one every Arsenal fan would want to forget in a hurry as the players made a mess of what would have been a befitting 1,000th match befitting gift for the manager if they had won or at least drawn the match. It is difficult to say if the decision had much bearing on the outcome of the match as the Gunners were already 2 nil down before the sending off.