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Marriner Takes Premier League Centre-Stage This Weekend Despite Derby Gaff

The Premier League have announced referee Andre Marriner will referee this weekend’s fixture between Southampton and Newcastle.

Marriner was the subject of the controversial sending off of Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs for handball when midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain committed the offense in Saturday’s fixture between Chelsea and Arsenal. .

The official apologised for the case of mistaken identity but did not reverse his decision during the match despite Oxlade-Chamberlain admitting he was the offending player.

Andre Marriner Cautions the Wrong Man, Kieran Gibbs, Despite the Culprit, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Telling It To His Face: 'Yo Am The Man'. Getty Image.

Andre Marriner Cautions the Wrong Man, Kieran Gibbs, Despite the Culprit, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Telling It To His Face: ‘Yo Am The Man’. Getty Image.

Meanwhile, Ex-Premier League referee, Graham Poll, has called for the introduction of technology for referees in making decisions.

Poll, who gave Croatia left back Josip Simunic three yellow cards in his third game (Australia vs. Croatia) during the 2006 Germany World Cup, says Marriner will be feeling “embarrassed” over his decision to send the wrong player off.

“The only way you can stop this happening again is to take away some of the human error element in there,” said Poll, now retired.

“If Andre Marriner had the facility to just check which player it was, it would take five seconds. Why don’t we experiment and see what’s the best way to help referees with technology going forward? I think Saturday’s incident illustrates that perfectly.”

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