The Referee (Swedish: Rättskiparen) is a 2010 Swedish critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary film produced by Freedom From Choice AB and Sveriges Television 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.
|Sepp Blatter||Himself (archive footage)|
|Thierry Henry||Himself (archive footage)|
|Mattias Löw||Himself (voice)|
|Pelé||Himself (archive footage)|
|Arsène Wenger||Himself (archive footage)|