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Marriner Gets Off Scot-Free!

And so it came to pass that after a refereeing display that produced one of the most comical moments of the season so far, the culprit Andre Marriner, is set to escape scot-free.

Marriner who, laughably, sent off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, will not be censored and will be taking charge of a Premier League match this weekend.

Furthermore, probably quite rightly, the red card given to Gibbs has been rescinded and due to the fact Eden Hazard`s shot was drifting wide when Oxlade-Chamberlain handled it, he real offender will also not be subjected to a red card.

Which, courtesy of an e-mail from Vital Chelsea member daygreenich, got me thinking.

Trawling through my fading memory banks I can recall Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink being shown a red card at White Hart Lane, by Mark Halsey when, in fact it should have been shown to Mario Melchiott, but have there been any other cases of red-cards being rescinded, involving Chelsea players, you can recall in recent times?

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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 25 2014

Time: 7:39AM

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Oxlade Chemberlain (not sure about the spelling, probably that is why Marriner preferred to write Gibbs instead) should be serving the 3 match ban. Ok the ball was going out but what about the spirit of the game. He dived like a GK to save it. He obviously thought it is going in. Any player who does this should be serving ban.
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25/03/2014 08:27:00

Surprised the RED on Ox did not stick ... i agree that his intention was to (unfairly) stop a goal .... whether it was going slightly wide is besides the point.
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25/03/2014 08:32:00

What i don't understand is football authorities making what has been done on the pitch as final and hardly be changed. Replays has clearly shown it was Oxlade who was guilty so why on earh isn't the red card wrongly given to gibbs not been recinded and handed to the appropriate person?? If gibbs happens to miss the next BPL game as a result of the red card wrongly apportioned him then that will be a real shame to football and justice.
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25/03/2014 09:13:00

Totally ridiculous the the Ox isn't banned. Once the cards was swapped from Gibbs to Ox how he can escape a ban is beyond comprehension. To overturn a red card it is supposed to be a clear and obvious refereeing error. There isn't a referee in the country wouldn't have sent the Ox off for that acrobatic save. Only tv replays showed the ball was probably going wide, but that is not how football is supposed to be refereed. That's Spurs & Arsenal both had, what I reckon, were perfectly legitimate red cards rescinded, Yaya Toure got away with kicking a Norwich player, and yet Willian's red card stood. We may yet lose the title because of that farcical refereeing at Villa Park. No wonder Jose thinks Chelsea are treated differently.
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25/03/2014 10:19:00

Not to bothered about Marriner and Gibbs but the get off that Alex has received shows the inconsistency of the Refs and the idiots that make these behind the scenes decisions. While the game was going on, i said to myself "ok, Gibbs is gone, atleast Ox will get the ban after the match". How wrong i was!!
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25/03/2014 11:35:00

This is sickening..not because i have any axe to grind with the gunners..i dont but rather because it shows just how much of a joke the FA is. Clearly the red against Gibbs should have been rescinded and applied to the ox..everyone at stamford bridge that day and everyone watching on tv could see that..the only clueless person was the central referee and this was just a comical display of why i am one of the most vociferous advocates that the time for video replay refs to be introduced into pro foottie is long overdue. what is absolutely farcial however is the cheap attempt of the FA to deflect the attention from the refs obvious blunder by making an obviously even more egragrious call. Ox dove like a keeper and handled a ball and deflected it right in the 6 yard box. How anyone can presume to be certain where that ball was heading prior to his contact with it is laughable but it was clear as day what his intent was to prevent a goal. The rules are as clear as daylight on this situation..the penalty is a penalty awarded, a red to the player and a three game suspension. Luiz Suarez did this sort of thing in the 2010 world cup against Ghana and the punishment was fully administered. There are so many other examples and yet here the FA in their infinite idiocy decide to change the rules when they feel it suits them. Meanwhile they also conviniently decide to not as much as make any mention regarding the horror show of referring imbecility that Chris Foy had on display in our game against Villa. With an FA like this run by clowns like this it is no surprise why the English national teams at all age levels in England will continue to flatter to deceive and it will be the same script at Rio this summer. What a bunch of jokers these guys are!!!
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25/03/2014 11:46:00

I think the FA has been unfair to Chelsea in this particular decision. We see red cards shown to players who did not hurt fellow players in a tackle, but are punished because of their intents. Oxlade would have been retrospectively punished for his intent. But come to think of it, the FA hardly knew they indirectly did Chelsea a favour by letting Oxlade off the hook, meaning he will be eligible to play against City (our greatest rival to the title) this weekend
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25/03/2014 18:28:00

Thank you GabeU. Bunch of hypocrites!
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26/03/2014 12:15:00


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