Martin Hansson

Martin Hansson (born 6 April 1971) is a Swedish former football referee. He was a full international referee for FIFA between 2001 and 2013.

Martin Hansson
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Hansson in 2010
Full name Martin Hansson
Born (1971-04-06) 6 April 1971 (age 50)
Holmsjö, Sweden
Other occupation Full-time referee
Years League Role
1996–2013 Superettan Referee
1999–2013 Allsvenskan Referee
Years League Role
2001–2014 FIFA listed Referee

Hansson works as a firefighter outside refereeing and is fluent in Swedish, English and German. His hobbies include hunting and angling.[1]

Life and careerEdit

Martin Hansson started refereeing at the age of 15 at his own club. He subsequently obtained his FIFA badge before the age of 30. He was selected as a referee for the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada, where he refereed the match between Argentina and the Czech Republic on 30 June 2007. He then took charge of the game between the USA and Poland on 3 July 2007. Hansson also officiated the 2006 Euro U-21 final between the Netherlands and Ukraine in Portugal.

Hansson currently referees matches on a frequent basis in the highest Swedish league, the Allsvenskan, as well as the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.[2]

Hansson was the referee for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Final.[3]

Hansson was preselected as a referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[4]

He refereed the second leg of the France vs Republic of Ireland 2010 FIFA World Cup play-off.[5] French captain Thierry Henry admitted to illegally handling the ball in the build-up to the match-winning goal, an incident that was compared to Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal.[6] Henry and Hansson both considered retiring from international football due to the reactions to the game.[7][8] The result fueled the ongoing debate on introducing video referees and Additional Assistant Referees into the sport.

Ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Sveriges Television showed Swedish director Mattias Löw's award-winning documentary Rättskiparen (English Title: The Referee) about Martin Hansson's dramatic road to South Africa.

On 8 October 2013, Hansson announced that he was retiring from refereeing.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "referee — Martin Hansson — bio". Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  2. ^ Andy Hunter at Anfield (5 November 2008). "If that had been given against us we would feel livid". Football. London: The Guardian. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  3. ^ Edgar, Bill (20 November 2009). "Martin Hansson forced to seek shelter after refereeing error ends Ireland hopes". The Times. London. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  4. ^ "List of prospective 2010 FIFA World Cup referees" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  5. ^ Jackson, Lyle (18 November 2009). "France 1-1 Rep of Ire (agg 2-1)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  6. ^ Culpepper, Chuck (20 November 2009). "Thierry Henry's handball gets a big thumbs-down in Europe – Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Henry 'considered quitting' after handball row". Agence France-Presse. 23 November 2009. Archived from the original on 23 November 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  8. ^ Jackson, Jamie (24 November 2009). "Referee who missed Thierry Henry's handball considered quitting the game". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 24 November 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2009.
  9. ^ "Henry handball referee quits football". ESPN FC. Retrieved 29 December 2016.

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