The referee for the debacle at Stamford Bridge Andre Marriner has apologised after wrongfully sending off Kieran Gibbs in the 6-0 drumming.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, in an attempt to stop Eden Hazard’s shot that was veering wide, inexplicably made a goalkeeper-esk save and conceded a penalty.
Then it all went further down hill for the Gunners, two-nil to the worse after just 17 minutes Keiran Gibbs was given marching orders in a terrible mix up by the referee despite the Ox admitting to his wrong doing.
A Professional Game Match Officials Limited statement read:
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.
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Whilst 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.
Hopefully Gibbs’ suspension will be appealed and revoked successfully especially with some massive games on the horizon. Whether the Ox will be handed the ban is unknown.
Marriner made a real fool of himself alongside every player in red and white.