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Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain available after mistaken red card

Andre Marriner shows red to Gibbs instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Andre Marriner shows red to Gibbs instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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The Football Association has announced that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs have been cleared to play immediately after the bizarre sending off of the Arsenal left back on Saturday against Chelsea.

Referee Andre Marriner showed a red card to Gibbs instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain after the England forward was clearly the individual guilty of a handball inside the Gunners penalty box.

Marriner, 43, later apologized for mixing the two up, and now it has been adjudged that both players should be cleared of any potential suspension that might have ordinarily followed.

Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the body charged with training officials said: “Incidents of mistaken identity are very rare and are often the result of a number of different technical factors.

“Whilst this was a difficult decision, Andre is disappointed that he failed to identify the correct player.

“He expressed his disappointment to Arsenal when he was made aware of the issue.”

Marriner will, in fact, officiate Southampton’s home clash with Newcastle this upcoming weekend. And all four assistant officials will be in active duty this weekend.

Arsenal will take on Swansea at home on Tuesday evening with both players available for selection.