Gary Neville has suggested calls for greater technology in football following the red card fiasco during Arsenal against Chelsea are wrong.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says calls for the greater use of technology after Andre Marriner’s blunder in sending off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are wrong.
Marriner showed a straight red card to Gibbs in a case of mistaken identity after the Ox handled the ball inside Arsenal’s penalty area, tipping it round the post.
There was mass confusion after Marriner had given the penalty with a clearly distraught Gibbs forced to leave the pitch while Wenger, and Jose Mourinho, looked on bemused.
The incident has prompted the suggestion that a quick look at a TV replay would have enabled the ref to make the right decision and send the correct player from the field.
However, Neville has countered that argument saying the red card wasn’t a game changer as the Gunners promptly went 3-0 down, going on to lose the match 6-0 after the 90 minutes.
My thoughts on red card Sat. Whilst Embarrassing for the ref - it wasn't a game changer! Calls for tech based on this example wrong for me.— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 24, 2014
Marriner has also been accused of showing the red card incorrectly, with the ball going wide of the goal (not certainly going in) as the Ox stuck out a hand to divert it even further wide of the post.
Neville has also suggested that it was impossible for Marriner to be sure the effort was going wide in real play.
Also the idea a ref can be sure it was going wide at that speed and give a yellow is harsh. Majority would have got that wrong!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 24, 2014