Super League: Steve Ganson pays price for Hull derby blunder

Last Updated: 27/05/13 11:25am

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Steve Ganson: replaced as video referee

Steve Ganson: replaced as video referee

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Former top referee Steve Ganson, who was forced to apologise for incorrectly awarding a winning try in Saturday's Hull derby, has been dropped for Sunday's climax to Super League's Magic Weekend.

Ganson was due to be the video referee for the clash between champions Leeds and leaders Wigan, which brings down the curtain on the two-day event at Manchester's Etihad Stadium.

However, the Rugby Football League announced a late change ahead of the opening game between Salford and Widnes, revealing that Ganson will be replaced by Ian Smith.

Ganson, who retired as an active referee two months ago to become the RFL's referees coach, blundered by awarding a try to Hull forward Chris Green even though slow-motion replays indicated that the player was offside.

The decision, which resulted in a 22-16 victory for Hull, was described by England international and reigning Man of Steel Sam Tomkins as the worst he had ever seen.

Ganson subsequently made a public apology on Saturday night via Jon Sharp, the head of the RFL's match officials department.

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