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Oxlade-Chamberlain tells referee: It was me
Referee Andre Marriner sent off the wrong man during Arsenal's 1000th game under Arsene Wenger - and was even told by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: "It was me!"
The controversial incident happened after 15 minutes of the Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with the hosts already leading 2-0. A shot from Eden Hazard was swerving wide when Oxlade-Chamberlain stuck his hand out and deflected it further past the post.
A penalty was eventually awarded to Chelsea before referee Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs. The decision was met with astonishment by Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain, who could clearly be seen in television pictures approaching the referee to tell him he had made the wrong decision, which Marriner admitted to when spoken to by BBC Radio 5 Live at half-time:
We've spoken to ref Andre Marriner at half time, he's admitted he sent off the wrong player. Gibbs instead of Oxlade Chamberlain. @bbc5live— John Southall (@JohnSouthall5) March 22, 2014
The FA also tweeted to explain what the procedure would be for Arsenal to appeal Gibbs' red card - with the match still in progress:
Following a red card clubs can also review possibility of a wrongful dismissal claim to The @FA, unless dismissal is for 2 yellow cards 2/2— The FA (@FA) March 22, 2014