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    St Merrow wrote:
    I trust Specsavers are currently negotiating taking-over the perimeter boards for the match
    Did you know that Specsavers sponsor Scottish Referees, I kid you not. Andre Marriner isn't as bad as most Premier Officials, but he will be under the spotlight on Saturday, hopefully that will work in our favour but I won't hold my breath."
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Andre Marriner to referee Southampton vs Newcastle a week after sending off the wrong player

Daily Echo: Andre Marriner to referee Saints Andre Marriner to referee Saints

Andre Marriner will referee Saturday’s match between Saints and Newcastle, just a week after making a high-profile blunder by sending off the wrong player.

The official incorrectly dismissed Kieran Gibbs, instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, during Chelsea’s 6-0 win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

Oxlade-Chamberlain had handled in the area, as he dived to keep out an Eden Hazard shot, but Marriner identified the wrong player and instead showed a red card to Gibbs.

Despite the mistake, Marriner has not been dropped for this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures, and will take charge of the clash between Saints and Newcastle, at St Mary’s.

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