Swedish soccer referee Martin Hansson had a successful journey towards his big dream in life, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Then one dark night in Paris on November 18th, 2009, all hell broke loose.

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Martin Hansson, Sweden's highest ranked football/soccer referee, began 2009 with a vision in mind; to reach and ref at the FIFA World Cup Finals 2010 in South Africa. Martin did well and had a great year till the final hurdle; the FIFA WC 2010 Playoff France vs Republic of Ireland in Paris on November 18th... Written by Mattias Löw.

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What price do you pay to be a world class soccer referee?


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Lazy officials.
30 July 2010 | by (Coventry, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After watching The Referee I fell a strong urge to ventilate the fact that the referees can be helped by video assists and extra referees, etc. This constant on-going discussion about whether football is just or not have no value anymore as FIFA and UEFA do not make the necessary changes. I believe the personal part of this portrait is interesting and also the part that shows the referee at work but the overall fight against media, fans, etc. seem fruitless. The documentary is a nice example of life outside of the football ground but this Mr. Hansson comes across as a little bit too selfish to be sympathetic in my opinion.


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