Football: Arsenal's Gibbs victim of mistaken identity

Football: Arsenal's Gibbs victim of mistaken identity
Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs reacts after being sent off during their English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in London March 22, 2014.

LONDON - Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs fell victim to a case of mistaken identity on Saturday when he was sent off against Chelsea for an offence committed by one of his team-mates.

Arsenal were already 2-0 down at Stamford Bridge in manager Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain used his hand to push a shot from Chelsea winger Eden Hazard away from goal.

Referee Andre Marriner awarded a penalty, which Hazard subsequently scored, but showed a red card to the innocent Gibbs.

Television pictures appeared to show England midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain telling the official: "Ref, it was me!" But Marriner let the decision stand, and Gibbs was left to storm off the pitch.

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