Ref sends off wrong Arsenal player

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iol spt mar22 Kieran Gibbs Reuters Kieran Gibbs, left, fell victim to a case of mistaken identity when he was sent off against Chelsea for an offence committed by one of his team-mates. Photo by: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

London – Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs fell victim to a case of mistaken identity when he was sent off against Chelsea for an offence committed by one of his team-mates.

Arsenal were already 2-0 down at Stamford Bridge in manager Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain used his hand to push a shot from Chelsea winger Eden Hazard away from goal.

Referee Andre Marriner awarded a penalty, which Hazard subsequently scored, but showed a red card to the innocent Gibbs.

Television pictures appeared to show England midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain telling the official: “Ref, it was me!” But Marriner let the decision stand, and Gibbs was left to storm off the pitch. – Sapa-AFP



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