Neville: THAT red card wasn't a game changer, calls for more technology are wrong

Kieran Gibbs

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.

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.

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