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Marriner avoids punishment for Gibbs gaffe

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Andre Marriner wrongly sent off Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs at Chelsea © Getty Images
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Andre Marriner has not been dropped from the Premier League's roster of referees for this weekend's fixtures and will take charge of Southampton's home game with Newcastle.

Marriner was at the centre of controversy on Saturday when he sent off Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs in the 6-0 drubbing at Chelsea, despite the fact it was actually Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who had handled the ball.

The Arsenal midfielder apparently twice told the official that he was the one who had given away the penalty, but his appeals fell on deaf ears.

After the game, Marriner apologised for his error and was backed by former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher, despite calls for him to be stood down.

However, the Premier League confirmed on Monday that the 43-year-old will take charge of Southampton against Newcastle at St Mary's on Saturday.

Marriner caused controversy earlier this season after giving Chelsea a late penalty against West Brom, despite Ramires appearing to dive.

After the game, then-Baggies boss Steve Clarke claimed that he had a phone call from head of Professional Game and Match Officials Ltd Mike Riley to apologise for the mistake.

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