The Referee (film)

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The Referee
Directed by Mattias Löw
Produced by Mattias Löw and Valentina Santi Löw
Written by Mattias Löw
Starring Martin Hansson, Sepp Blatter, Thierry Henry, Pelé, Arsène Wenger, Birgit Hansson, Bo Karlsson, Mikael Stahre, Janne Andersson and Erik Niva
Cinematography Mattias Löw and Orvar Anklew
Edited by Orvar Anklew
Freedom From Choice AB and Sveriges Television
Distributed by Sveriges Television and SVT Play
Release date
  • June 3, 2010 (2010-06-03) (Stockholm, Sweden)
Running time
29 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

The Referee (Swedish: Rättskiparen) is a 2010 Swedish critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary film produced by Freedom From Choice AB and Sveriges Television[1] about Swedish top football referee Martin Hansson and his controversial journey to ref at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The filmmakers Mattias Löw, Valentina Santi Löw and Orvar Anklew decided to follow the former firefighter from the village of Holmsjö in Blekinge, southern Sweden for a year that turned out to be the most dramatic in Martin Hansson's life.

The film features French football player Thierry Henry, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Arsenal F.C. manager Arsène Wenger, former football star Pelé, Swedish Football Association, Swedish top coaches Janne Andersson and Mikael Stahre in addition to referee boss Bo Karlsson and acclaimed journalist and author Erik Niva.



  1. ^ "Rättskiparen" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedatabas. 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 

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