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The Referees review

Few jobs involve such media scrutiny and public abuse as being an international football referee.

This fascinating fly-on-the-wall doc follows the men-in-the-middle (including England’s Howard Webb) during the 2008 Euro Championships.

We’re given access to the officials’ changing rooms pre- and post-games; listen to their frenzied communications via earpieces during play and see their decisions being analysed at press conferences.

Eschewing voice-over, director Yves Hinant spotlights the reality of an occupation where an unpopular call can result in death threats.

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