Andre Marriner: 'I've been down in the dumps'

Premier League referee Andre Marriner has given his first public interview since he sent off the wrong player in the game between Chelsea and Arsenal last weekend.

Marriner told the Daily Telegraph he had been "down in the dumps" since he mistakenly dismissed Kieran Gibbs for a handball committed by his team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Andre Marriner mistakenly dismisses Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs during last Saturday's game against Chelsea Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

“It knocks you for six to be honest. There’s a lot of talk out there that referees make decisions, go home and don’t care about it but that’s so far from the truth," he said.

“You’re continuously playing the incident over in your mind. You think about how you could’ve arrived at the right decision and ‘what could I have done differently?'," he added.

But he thanked his refereeing colleagues for helping him rebuild his confidence in the days after the match, saying:

“I’ve met all my colleagues this week so I’ve received a little bit of banter from them which has been good natured. I’ve been down in the dumps and it’s made me smile and hopefully I’ve got my mojo back."