Manchester – The incident occurred one kicked back in the Premier League. Referee who led the match Manchester City vs. West Bromwich Albion have brandished a red card to the wrong player.
When the game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (21/03/2015) has entered the second minute, the referee Neil Swarbrick blew the whistle of the infringement. Swarbrick see City striker, Wilfried Bony, who have a good chance to score, has been violated by West Brom player.
Not long after, Swarbrick issued a red card from his pocket and threw West Brom defender Gareth McAuley. However, this caused confusion McAuley expulsion.
Of television replays, it appears that Bony initially fell outside the penalty box after being violated by Craig Dawson. But, Bony got up and chased the ball into the penalty box. In the penalty box, he was involved physical contact with McAuley.
If Swarbrick assume that guilt is McAuley, should he pointed to the spot and gave a penalty for City. But, Swarbrick it was just giving a free kick at the point of violations by Dawson.
City finally managed to maximize the benefits of the number of players they have. The Citizens won 3-0 with goals from Bony, Fernando, and David Silva.
After the match, Swarbrick realizes that he has driven the wrong player. He also apologized.
“In the second minute of the Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion, the referee Neil Swarbrick made the decision to expel Gareth McAuley for the offense of ‘preventing a clear goalscoring opportunity’,” a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, a body responsible for the appointment of referees , as quoted by the Mirror.
“The referee has confirmed that the offense was committed by the other players, which should now be regarded as a case of mistaken identity. The referee has apologized for his mistakes.”
This is not the first incident occurred one kicked in the Premier League. In the match Manchester United versus Sunderland at Old Trafford last month, the referee Roger East reward Wes Brown with a red card despite that manage Radamel Falcao in the box is John O’Shea.
This was also the case last season, precisely in the match Chelsea versus Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. At that time, the referee Andre Marriner repel Kieran Gibbs. In fact, that a handball in the penalty box is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.