Vincent Kompany's sending off against Arsenal on Sunday enraged Hansen, who described the incident as 'the perfect tackle'.
The former Liverpool also criticised declining refereeing standards; bemoaned the growing inconsistency in the game, and compared Kompany's 'clean' challenge with Marin's awful lunge earlier this month. He said:
"It was just about the perfect tackle.
"Especially when you compare Kompany’s challenge to Chelsea’s Marko Marin, who received only a booking for a horrendous foul on Queens Park Rangers midfielder Stephane Mbia earlier this month. Marin’s was an out-and-out assault."
Clearly irritated by the inconsistency, Hansen dedicated his entire Telegraph column to defending Kompany, and slating refereeing standards, arguing:
"Kompany's red card must be overturned or the day of the tackle will be dead. If Manchester City fail to get it rescinded by the Football Association on Monday morning, it will send out the message that tackling has gone forever"
I have to agree with Hansen's assessment here. Kompany clearly got the ball; it wasn't a two-footed challenge, and there doesn't appear to be any dangerous intent.
Conversely, Marin doesn't get anywhere near the ball with his 'challenge', and red card have come out for a lot less this season (Jonjo Shelvey, anyone?)
Former referee Graham Poll took the opposite view to Hansen, arguing that Kompany deserved the red card. He told The Daily Mail:
"When a player goes into a challenge with both feet off the ground he is not in control of his actions and must be dismissed as he is endangering the safety of an opponent. Kompany must realise that he will HAVE to change or face red cards for the rest of his career".
With respect to Poll, at what are both of Kompany's feet off the ground? He leads with his left leg, and his right stays rooted the ground.