Marriner apologises to Gunners

first_img “Incidents of mistaken identity are very rare and are often the result of a number of different technical factors. “Whilst this was a difficult decision Andre is disappointed that he failed to identify the correct player. “He expressed his disappointment to Arsenal when he was made aware of the issue.” Marriner was aware of his error at half-time, but by then the decision could not be undone and marred Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge of Arsenal. With the Gunners already trailing 2-0, Gibbs was sent off for handling an Eden Hazard shot, despite replays clearly showing it was team-mate Oxlade-Chamberlain, who then approached Marriner to admit wrongdoing. The Football Association subsequently confirmed that Arsenal, or the governing body themselves, could appeal the sending off on the grounds of “mistaken identity”. It continued the debate for the use of television replays. The decision would not have happened under UEFA’s extra-officials policy, according to a spokesman for president Michel Platini. Pedro Pinto, the chief of press for Platini, said an extra referee on the by-line would have identified the correct culprit. Pinto wrote on Twitter: “What confusion at Chelsea-Arsenal with the pen decision. That’s why over 30 European countries have endorsed UEFA-backed 5 officials system. “With an additional assistant referee on the end line, referee would not have got that sending off wrong. Technology is not the answer…” Pinto claimed that “more eye balls” were the key to improving referee decision-making rather than technology alone. The Barclays Premier League has employed goal-line technology for the first time this season – which would not have aided Marriner’s decision at Chelsea because it determines whether a shot has crossed the line only. Pinto added on Twitter: “More eye balls are the answer. GLT helps with goal line decisions, but five officials system gives referee more angles of vision. It’s not one vs the other.” The only saving grace on this occasion was that the decision did not appear to impact on the result and it is likely that Oxlade-Chamberlain will serve the suspension if Arsenal appeal or the Football Association intervene. “Clubs can appeal mistaken identity to The @FA, although The @FA can pro-actively review also,” an FA tweet read. There is a precedent for the decision to be changed after League One side Preston had the wrong man sent off against Port Vale in November. Striker Joe Garner was suspended retrospectively for three games after midfielder Neil Kilkenny had mistakenly been sent off. Marriner has previous form at Stamford Bridge this season, awarding Chelsea a controversial last-gasp penalty against West Brom in November when it appeared Ramires dived. Hazard scored on that occasion to earn a draw in a result which preserved Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten Premier League record at home, which now stands at 76 matches. Former Premier League official Dermot Gallagher later gave Marriner his support. Speaking on talkSPORT he said of the decision: “It’s quite easy, it’s just a genuine error, the referee, for whatever reason when the penalty has been given, has lost sight of the Arsenal player, and when he has looked back he’s seen Gibbs and sent him off.” Gallagher claims it is an easy mess to clean up, though, adding: ” Arsenal will appeal, that’s their right. Kieran Gibbs, he will have to submit saying ‘it wasn’t me’, Oxlade-Chamberlain will say ‘it was (me)’ and the suspension will be transferred and justice will be done. “It’s a genuine mistaken identity and Oxlade-Chamberlain won’t be able to play (in Arsenal’s next game).” Press Association A Professional Game Match Officials Limited statement on Saturday evening revealed the apology after Marriner dismissed Gibbs for a foul committed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain which resulted in a penalty in the 17th minute of the match. “Andre is an experienced referee and is obviously disappointed that an error of mistaken identity was made in this case,” the statement read. Referee Andre Marriner has apologised to Arsenal for his error which saw Kieran Gibbs mistakenly sent off in the 6-0 loss to Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Kirk Cousins troubled by Vikings No. 1 pick Garrett Bradbury’s sweaty butt

first_imgYou get the picture: For Cousins to take a snap under center, he has to place his hands against Bradbury’s sweaty butt.”That’s probably one thing we didn’t get a measurement on in the pre-draft process,” Cousins said with a smile. “But It’s not really just the posterior. It’s really just the whole thing. I look at his shins and its just pouring, like my window after a rainstorm.”And apparently the veteran QB has brought it up to Bradbury.So what did the rookie say?”I don’t know, I apologized?” Bradbury said half-quizzically at Wednesday’s line of questioning.”I’m just going to try to keep doing my job coming out here to work,” he continued. “If we need to take alternate methods to prevent, I mean cease the sweating, I don’t know, but it’ll be fine.”That apparently is also what Bradbury has told Cousins, particularly in the context of being able to grip a moist football. Packers’ Jimmy Graham says he’s going to ‘shut a lot of people up’ this season “He promises that it’s not a problem in games, and it remains to be seen because his shorts today were soaked,” Cousins told the media Wednesday. “But apparently when they keep those domes air-conditioned and you get a break on the bench and you sit with the cooling fans, I’m hoping that really helps.”A first big test comes when the Vikings open their preseason against the Saints in the Superdome.”So that’s a big thing I’m going to take away from Friday night, is how tough was it to grip the ball after he snaps it to me. Uh, if it’s tough we might be in pistol and shotgun (formations) all year,” Cousins joked … probably. Kirk Cousins has a new metric for the Vikings’ draft evaluation process. Beyond height, weight, strength and speed, even hand size and arm length, he might suggest the scouts look at sweat — as in “How much does that guy …?”center_img The topic came up (again) Wednesday at the Vikings camp when Cousins was asked about how he was doing with a new center, first-round draft pick Garrett Bradbury.”I’m going to go back again and talk about how much he sweats,” Cousins told reporters ( via the Star Tribune ). Related News Nick Bosa injury update: 49ers rookie has ankle sprain, will sit preseasonlast_img read more

Rose Ladies Series: English amateur duo ride high again

first_img England Golf’s finest once again showed their calibre with Mimi Rhodes and Lily May Humphreys both finishing just a single shot shy of top spot at the latest Rose Ladies Series event.The England women’s squad players were the only two amateurs competing alongside 45 top pros at the Bearwood Lakes Golf Club in Berkshire.However, their ability to go toe-to-toe with some of the best professionals on the Ladies’ European Tour was once again proven with both women pushing hard for victory and only narrowly falling short in their mission.In the end, both Rhodes and Humphreys carded level par rounds of 72 to finish with four others in a tie for second.Georgia Hall was able to claim top spot with a one under par round of 71 – the only competitor in the field to break par on a tough day for scoring.Hall’s deserved victory apart, the undoubted highlights of the day involved the performances of the amateur duo – both still just 18 years old.Rhodes admitted nerves before her first appearance in the Rose Ladies Series at Brokenhurst Manor last month, but evidently the teenager has the game and the mentality to cope under pressure.Despite bogeying the first hole, the member from Burnham and Berrow Golf Club (pictured below) hit back with birdies at the fifth and 11th holes.The setback of a dropped shot at the 12th was soon mended with a neat two at the par three, 14th hole.At that stage, Rhodes and Humphreys were both tied for a share of the lead with former Women’s British Open winner and ex-England Golf international Hall.A further bogey at the 15th halted Rhodes’ momentum slightly,  but the 18-year-old was able to par her way home and fall  agonisingly just short of a play-off.Clearly, Humphreys also feels at ease in among the elite golfers from the LET.The Curtis Cup player finished in a tie for fourth spot in her previous outing in this series at Buckinghamshire Golf Club and was once again threatening the top of the leaderboard in Berkshire.A bogey at the opening hole was clawed back with a birdie at the par five 11th. The 13th proved unlucky for the Essex golfer, but another birdie at 17 allowed the England international to finish with a level par round of 72.The performance from Humphreys, a member at Stoke by Nayland, is the perfect preparation for her tilt at the English Women’s Amateur Championship.Humphreys (pictured above) won the event in 2017 and lost at the first play-off hole to Ellen Hume in the final last year. Her form going into next week makes her one of the favourites for the 2020 championship.Rhodes, though, is sure to prove a formidable opponent for all her rivals if her form of the summer continues into a big week at Woodhall Spa Golf Club.Next week’s Rose Ladies Series event takes place at The Shire Club as the tournaments hosted by England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate edge towards the three-stage finals in AugustFull scoring from today’s play available here 23 Jul 2020 Rose Ladies Series: English amateur duo ride high again Tags: Lily May Humphreys, Mimi Rhodes, Rose Ladies Serieslast_img read more