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Marriner to referee FA Cup semi-final

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Andre Marriner refereed the FA Cup final in 2013. Referees may only take charge of one final in their careers © Getty Images
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Referee Andre Marriner has received a show of confidence from the Football Association 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 player 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 said the incident had "knocked him for six" but has been grateful for the chance to put the mistake behind him.

FA Cup appointments are made by the Football Association, while officials for Premier League matches are chosen by Professional Game Match Officials Ltd.

Marriner's first show of support came 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 second FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

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

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