The referee issued an apology which revealed he was “disappointed that he failed to identify the correct player.”
Having escaped from the debacle without sanction and selected to officiate the fixture between Southampton and Newcastle United on Saturday, Marriner will be hoping to move on from his nightmare mistake.
However, the popularity of http://www.gibbsorox.com/ suggests that this is an issue which may rumble on a little longer yet.
Football fans jumped to social media to offer their own interpretations of events.
Andre Marriner parking his car! pic.twitter.com/QV9RRjKofN
— Anthony Thorpe (@athsol) March 22, 2014
After many called that Andre Marriner ‘Should’ve gone to Specsavers’ we sent him a pair of glasses of his choice … pic.twitter.com/x63KVjRAlz
— Fan Frames (@fan_frames) March 24, 2014
Such has been the level of exposure that Specsavers have gained from the incident that they actually tweeted a thank you!
— Specsavers (@Specsavers) March 23, 2014
The announcement that Marriner would be refereeing Southampton versus Newcastle has drawn more than a few concerns from fans and journalists.
Andre Marriner is due to take charge of Southampton v Newcastle on Saturday. All those stripes are going to make life very difficult…
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) March 24, 2014
— Glen (@glenn9oo) March 24, 2014
Some were far too quick to assume that Marriner’s mistake was a product of racism. This led some football fans to speculate about the referee’s knowledge of film and history.
Andre Marriner – “I absolutely loved history at school, I loved learning about Will Smith’s “I have a dream” speech.
— United Religion (@Unitedology) March 22, 2014
Andre Marriner thinks Denzel Washington was great in Pulp Fiction
— James (@Zwerxn) March 22, 2014
It is unlikely that the FA’s decision to not punish Marriner will end the debate over the matter. All the referee can do is hope for a quiet game on Saturday and maybe then he can start rebuilding his shattered reputation.