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Football: Referee sends off wrong twin in amateur match in Italy

Published on Apr 3, 2014 9:43 PM

ROME (Reuters) - Mistaken identity, it seems, is not the sole reserve of officials in the English Premier League, as an Italian amateur football match was ordered to be replayed after a referee sent off the wrong identical twin.

Andre Marriner was left red-faced when he sent off the wrong Arsenal player against Chelsea last month - dismissing Kieran Gibbs despite real culprit Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain owning up to handball.

In Italy, Michele Rossi, who plays for amateur side SSD Castello in the ninth level of Italian football, was sent off for a foul his brother Matteo committed against GS Alviano.

"The referee, purely due to error, in the 27th minute of the second half sent off SSD Castello's No. 7 Michele Rossi instead of their No. 9 Matteo Rossi," wrote Marco Brusco, the sporting judge of the Umbria regional league organisation.

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