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Hansson in storm yet again

ARSENE Wenger has lashed Giovanni Trapattoni's favourite referee, Martin Hansson, for another king-size blunder which he believes gifted Porto a Champions League first-leg winner. But this time, the Swedish whistler made the right call.

Hansson brought the entire Irish nation to its knees when he allowed Thierry Henry's infamous handball to go unpunished in Paris back in November.

On this occasion, he allowed Porto to take a quick indirect free-kick following a poor back-pass from Sol Campbell which allowed the Portuguese to take a 2-1 lead to the Emirates in two weeks.

Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski picked up what was deemed a back-pass from Campbell and Hansson allowed the free-kick to be taken quickly before Falcao swept the ball into the net.

"It is difficult to swallow a defeat like that," said Wenger. "The goals we conceded were difficult to imagine in a Champions League game.

"What can you do about the second goal? The back-pass was accidental, whenever do you see the defender kick the ball back with his toe?

"The ball hit Sol, it was not on purpose and it has to be intentional to be a free-kick. It is difficult to understand how the referee can interpret that."


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