Well, This Makes Perfect Sense

Hansson: last seen dismissing Shay Given's calls for a handball on Thierry Henry.

Swedish referee Martin Hansson, the man at the center of the greatest soccer controversy in decades, if not ever, will be going to the World Cup finals. Not on holiday, but as a referee. He’ll be involved in actual games at SA 2010—just like France, the team that benefitted from Hansson’s failure to spot Thierry Henry’s bump-set-and-volley to William Gallas for the winning goal against Ireland last November. You remember—this one, which knocked Ireland out of the World Cup:

For more about FIFA’s appointment of Hansson, click here, and for Gabriele Marcotti’s interesting take on the entire selection process—soccer minnow New Zealand is sending two referees to the tournament?—click here.

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