The Referee

Published on 21st March 2016 by

Directed by Mattias Low, this half hour 2010 documentary charts the life and career of top football referee Martin Hansson and some of the highs and lows he has experienced working in most followed game in the world. Hansson was a firefighter from a tiny town in his native Sweden, the film follows him over the period of a year which eventually took him to the World Cup Finals. It proved to be the most dramatic year of his life.

The documentary evolves primarily around one controversial night in Paris when a a Thierry Henry handball in a World Cup qualifier against Ireland was ignored by Hansson and led to Ireland failing to qualify for the 2010 World Cup– a decision which eventually forced him to retire from the game. Featuring in the film are France legend Thierry Henry, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, legendary striker Pele, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

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