(FILES) In this file picture taken on Arsenal's English defender Kieran Gibbs (L) is sent off by referee Andre Marriner (2-R) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on March 22, 2014. Aside from the high sporting drama of a season that culminated with Manchester City as champions, the Premier League also witnessed several lighthearted moments in 2013-14.
Here, AFP Sports selects five incidents from the campaign that raised a smile:'Ref, it was me!' Referee Andre Marriner made an unusual blunder during Arsenal's 6-0 defeat at Chelsea on March 22 when he sent off the wrong player in a remarkable case of mistaken identity.Arsenal were 2-0 down in manager Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain used his hand to push a shot from Chelsea winger Eden Hazard away from goal in the 15th minute.Marriner awarded a penalty, which Hazard subsequently scored, but showed a red card to the innocent Kieran Gibbs.Television pictures appeared to show England midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain telling the official: 'Ref, it was me!'
Marriner let the decision stand, leaving a disbelieving Gibbs to storm off the pitch, but his red card was later rescinded. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
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