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Andre Marriner to officiate FA Cup semi-final

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Andre Marriner, the referee who mistakenly sent off Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, will officiate the FA Cup semi-final between Hull City and Sheffield United, the FA have announced.

Marriner shot to fame when he failed to spot the offender in Chelsea's 6-0 victory at Stamford Bridge, and sent off Gibbs instead of Chamberlain.

However, the Football Association have stuck by him since the howler, handing him a Premier League game last weekend and now the prestigious honour of a Wembley semi-final.

Notably, Howard Webb, who will officiate at the World Cup as England's representative, was not given a semi-final, with Michael Oliver sent to referee Arsenal's game with Wigan Athletic.

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) showed support for Marriner by handing him a Premier League game at St. Mary's this weekend, in which Southampton thumped Newcastle 4-0.

The match passed without much refereeing incident; just one booking was issued in the whole game, to Newcastle's Massimo Haidara.

After the Stamford Bridge incident, Marriner, 43, apologised to both parties, while Chamberlain and Gibbs were in fact both cleared of their reds before Arsenal's next game, a 2-2 draw with Swansea at the Emirates.


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