Ganson back as video ref for St Helens clash

Controversial video official Steve Ganson
Controversial video official Steve Ganson
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CONTROVERSIAL official Steve Ganson is scheduled to resume his role as a video referee at Huddersfield next Monday, the Rugby Football League has confirmed.

St Helens ex-whistler Ganson, at the centre of a huge storm last weekend, will oversee the TV reviews for the televised Super League clash between the Giants and St Helens at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Ganson, despite the benefit of replays, sparked controversy last Saturday when he incorrectly awarded a late winning try to Hull in their Magic Weekend derby against Hull KR in Manchester.

The RFL match officials department issued an apology for the blunder and Ganson was dropped as video referee for the Sunday game between Leeds and Wigan at the Etihad Stadium.

The matter was especially embarrassing as two months ago Ganson, one of the sport’s most recognisable officials, gave up his role as an active referee to become an a referee coach for the RFL.

The governing body promised a full review of match officiating, as is routine, after the weekend fixtures were completed.

Ganson will now be back in the firing line early next week after the RFL published its list of officials for upcoming fixtures on its website,

Ganson will back up on-field referee Richard Silverwood.

Ganson, 43, has been no stranger to controversy throughout his career.

He famously sent off Great Britain’s Adrian Morley 12 seconds into a Test match in 2003 and he incorrectly awarded a late match-winning try to Leeds against Bradford at the first Magic Weekend in 2007.