Sheffield United: Semi-final duty for Marriner

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Referee Andre Marriner will take charge of Sheffield United’s FA Cup semi-final showdown with Hull City on April 13 despite his recent high-profile blunder.

Marriner hit the headlines for 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 ban, 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.