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 By PA Sport

Marriner handed FA Cup semifinal duty

Wigan Athletic and Oman goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi discusses his team's FA Cup run, promotion hopes and the 2015 Asian Cup.

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

Kieran Gibbs' reacts to being dismissed at Chelsea.
Andre Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs despite Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handling the ball.

Marriner hit the headlines recently 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 teammate, 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 admitted he has analysed the decision "to death," but 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 instead be the fourth official at Cardiff vs Crystal Palace -- but on April 13 he will take charge of the cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium.

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


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