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The Referees (2009)

Les arbitres (original title)
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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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Credited cast:
Howard Webb Howard Webb ... Self
Manuel Mejuto González Manuel Mejuto González ... Self
Roberto Rosetti Roberto Rosetti ... Self
Michel Platini ... Self
Peter Fröjdfeldt ... Self
Massimo Busacca Massimo Busacca ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicklas Alexandersson ... Self
Xabi Alonso ... Self
Hamit Altintop Hamit Altintop ... Self
Michael Ballack ... Self
Milan Baros ... Self
Leo Beenhakker ... Self
Sepp Blatter ... Self
Karel Brückner Karel Brückner ... Self
Gianluigi Buffon ... Self
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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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Belgium

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English | Italian | French | German | Swedish | Russian

Release Date:

22 May 2010 (Japan) See more »

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Kill the Referee See more »

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$1,458
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Entre Chien et Loup See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Features 2008 UEFA European Football Championship (2008) See more »

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A good insight into a refereeing team.
27 August 2011 | by valleyjohnSee 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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