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Crucial errors don't affect the Swedes chance to referee at the World Cup...

Martin Hansson, the Swedish referee who failed to notice Thierry Henry's handball in France's World Cup qualifier victory over the Republic of Ireland will officiate at the World Cup finals according to Spanish publication AS.

Hansson was originally one of 14 European based referees chosen on FIFA's provisional list back in October 2008 and it appears that a number of notable blunders in the intervening period have not swayed the governing body's belief that the 38-year-old firefighter is amongst the best officials in the game.

Hansson's failure to notice Henry's blatant handball in the build up to William Gallas' extra-time winner in Paris last November resulted in storm of controversy with the Football Association of Ireland appealing unsuccessfully for a replay of the second leg.

It was not his only controversial moment in recent times as he also failed to award a goal to Kaka when the ball had clearly crossed the line in the 2009 Confederations Cup final between the Brazil and the United States. Controversy surrounding that situation failed to materialise as Brazil went on to win the game 3-2.

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