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The Referees (2009)
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How can a few crucial minutes in a football match change the life of an entire family? How do the "men in black" feel when they are attacked by supporters? Kill the Referee unveils the ... See full summary »

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How can a few crucial minutes in a football match change the life of an entire family? How do the "men in black" feel when they are attacked by supporters? Kill the Referee unveils the lives of several professional football referees at the EURO 2008 championship; amongst them, the English referee Howard Webb, who provoked incredible controversy when he gave a penalty to Austria just before the end of the match with Poland, and the Italian Roberto Rosetti, who refereed the final. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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A good insight into a refereeing team.
27 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While "The Referees" lacks the cutting edge of a lot of current documentary films , it's still a fascinating look at how the system works during a major tournament .

England's leading ref , Howard Web is one of the protagonists and it's interesting to see how he communicates with his assistants during the game.

It's interesting to see how the refs treat a game as if they are playing themselves and how they all work like a team just like the players they are reffing.

I would have liked to have seen some kind of narrative and it would have been much better if we could have seen the world cup in 2010 instead of the European Championships of 2008.


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