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Football: Blundering referee sends off wrong Arsenal player as Blues thrash them 6-0

Published on Mar 23, 2014 12:16 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Referee Andre Marriner was left red-faced after he sent off the wrong player in Chelsea's 6-0 Premier League thrashing of Arsenal on Saturday.

Arsenal were trailing 2-0 to early goals from Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schuerrle, when Mariner gave a penalty and a red card to Kieran Gibbs after team mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handled a shot from Eden Hazard on the goal line.

Replays showed Oxlade-Chamberlain clearly mouthing "it was me" to Marriner in the aftermath but the referee, who took a long time before awarding a penalty, stuck by his original decision.

Hazard converted the penalty, before a double from Oscar and a first for the club from Mohamed Salah completed a miserable afternoon for Arsene

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