Match Will Be Replayed in Italy After Wrong Twin Is Sent off

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVApril 3, 2014

Associated Press

The ninth tier of Italian football isn't exactly a high-profile Premier League match, but an incident in an amateur match in Italy will help Andre Marriner sleep a bit better at night. 

Weeks after Marriner mistakenly sent off Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, another case of mistaken identity will see a match replayed in the lower tiers of Italian football. 

Per Reuters (h/t The Guardian), a referee known only as "Mr. Cirillo" sent off Michele Rossi of SSD Castello. Problem being, it was his identical twin, Matteo Rossi, who committed the foul in question. Matteo had previously scored Catello's second goal to put them ahead 2-1. 

The foul sparked a clash between the two clubs.

"The referee, purely due to error, in the 27th minute of the second half sent off SSD Castello's No. 7, Michele Rossi, instead of their No. 9, Matteo Rossi," said Marco Brusco, the sporting judge of the Umbrian regional league organisation in a statement. "It was an error that had an undoubted impact on the game and as such the match should be replayed."