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BLUNDER REF IN CHARGE IN BELFAST 

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CELTIC’S Champions League encounter against Linfield in Belfast on Friday will be refereed by bungling Spanish whistler Alejandro Hernandez.

The controversial match official hit the headlines last season when he became known as the man who went a long way to costing Barcelona the title after a dreadful error in their match against Real Betis in January.

He failed to award a goal after Aleix Vidal’s effort appeared to be a yard over the line.

Hernandez waved away the appeals by Messi and Co and they had to be satisfied with a 1-1 draw.

Real Madrid went on to win the title by three points and Hernandez later apologised to Barca.

He said: “When you make a decision and see the images you are hurt, because your professional prestige as a referee is at stake.

“It was a very clear decision, but with three players in front of me, I could not see what was happening.

“I understand the anger of a lot of people, but it was impossible for me to see it. It happened very quickly and my assistant could not see it and I could not help him.

“It leaves you with an unpleasant taste in the mouth and is a mistake that stays with you, because every time you have a challenge ahead of you, this will come to light.”

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