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Arsenal secure mistaken-identity red card appeals in time for Swansea clash

AFP, LONDON

Arsenal had both Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain available against Swansea City on Monday after winning their appeals over the bizarre mistaken-identity dismissal at Chelsea.

Gibbs was mistakenly shown a red card during the first half of Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing at Chelsea by referee Andre Marriner instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had committed handball in the six-yard box and admitted his guilt to the official at the time.

Marriner had since apologized for the mistake and the Football Association (FA) confirmed on Monday that the sanction against Gunners leftback Gibbs had been removed and instead transferred onto Oxlade-Chamberlain.

However, Arsenal then subsequently moved to have that offense downgraded on appeal, claiming the England midfielder had not in fact technically prevented a clear goalscoring opportunity as the shot from Chelsea’s Eden Hazard looked to be going just wide.

That claim was also upheld, meaning both Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain were able to face Swansea at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.

“An Independent Regulatory Commission today heard two claims from Arsenal, one of mistaken identity and the other of wrongful dismissal, both in relation to Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge,” a statement from the FA said.

“The commission ruled that the dismissal of Kieran Gibbs was a case of mistaken identity and transferred this to his teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Subsequent to deciding this matter, the commission then considered Arsenal’s claim for wrongful dismissal in relation to Oxlade-Chamberlain. This claim was upheld, meaning Oxlade-Chamberlain will not serve any suspension with the standard punishment withdrawn with immediate effect,” it added.

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