Andre Marriner to referee FA Cup semi-final, just weeks after sending off the wrong player

The official dismissed Kieran Gibbs when he should have shown the red card to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Referee Andre Marriner has been given another boost with the news he will take charge of this month's FA Cup semi-final between Hull and Sheffield United.

Marriner hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons when he mistakenly sent off Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs during the Gunners' 6-0 Premier League defeat by Chelsea for a handball that had been committed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Neither ended up serving a suspension, with Gibbs' red card transferred to his team-mate, who won an appeal when it was ruled he had not denied a goal-scoring opportunity because the shot he handled was going wide.

Marriner received a show of support when, instead of being dropped for last weekend's fixtures, he refereed Southampton's 4-0 victory over Newcastle.

He has not been given a game this weekend - he will be the fourth official at Cardiff v Crystal Palace - but on April 13 he will take charge of the cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

Michael Oliver has been appointed referee for the previous day's semi-final between Arsenal and holders Wigan.

PA

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