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The Swedish official, who was on the receiving end of criticism for missing a foul during the 2010 World Cup play off, is to revert to a part-time position

The referee who officiated the controversial World Cup playoff between France and the Republic of Ireland in 2009 is to quit his full-time post, according to reports.

Swedish referee Martin Hansson, who missed a handball by Thierry Henry during the clash between the Boys in Green and Les Bleus, revealed that he was seeking employment that offered "greater security". He said that he did not want "to stand or fall because of football".

"There is no drama in it," Hansson told Kvallsposten. "I wanted a job with greater security, workmates and not to stand or fall because of football."

The 42-year-old is a part-time firefighter and has refereed in the Allsvenskan, Sweden's top flight domestic competition. He became a Fifa-listed referee in 2001 before becoming a full-time match official in 2009. He will now continue to officiate in a part-time capacity.