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Summary

The outspoken and hard-hitting autobiography of one of the most highly rated, recognisable and controversial football referees of modern times.

Mark Clattenburg found himself in the centre circle, whistle in hand, at the start of 450 Premier League matches during a highly eventful 13-year career in football's top flight. 

He has shaken hands with, issued red and yellow cards to, and been sworn at by hundreds of players. He has been screamed at and shared jokes with dozens and dozens of managers. And he's felt the wrath of thousands upon thousands of irate fans.

His autobiography is the ultimate guide to what it's really like to be in the referee's spotlight. It offers numerous intriguing insights into the daily trials and tribulations, the acute stresses and strains, of a top-flight referee. Clattenburg takes the listener into the referee's room, the players' tunnel and out on the pitch to experience precisely what a referee goes through on match day.

©2021 Mark Clattenburg (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Limited

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If Alan Partridge was a referee

The story is of interest to football fans as it provides some insight into the life of a first grade referee and his/her reactions with players, managers, colleagues and the media. There is nothing earth shattering to be revealed but it plods along at a moderate pace. Clattenburg’s constant mentioning of injustices he has suffered, frustrations he has felt due to actions of others, and frequent reminders that he was the youngest Premier League referee reminds me of Alan Partridge’s sentiments towards the BBC, London, colleagues and former partners. One is a famous radio/tv star, the other one sounds like he hopes to become one some day.

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Crap

Utter garbage,
listening to Clettenberg trying to defend his opinions and actions by describing others as having egos and being arrogant, it is he himself who is arrogant

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Very Enlightening

seems a genuine bloke who was constantly stitched up by the prawn sandwich brigade. Great Referee

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Surprisingly brilliant

I didn’t start this book with great expectations but Marks story has really opened my eyes to the other side of the game. I’ve listened to the full book twice already and honestly could listen to it again. Let’s hope we get more books from other refs or similar characters

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Eye opening

Fascinating look into the world of officiating at the highest level and the sacrifices involved. A must listen for any current or aspiring officials

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Hear a different perspective on the game

This was very interesting but I found the swearing a touch annoying - no need for it

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Great book

Great book, very interesting and a great insight into football refereeing and what goes on behind the scenes

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Open, honest and a page turner

I have always liked Mark Clattenburg as a referee. He was never afraid to take the tough calls and his presence meant it was a big time match. Hearing his story was fascinating especially as it was open and honest. Highly recommended for all football fans.

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brilliant referee book

fantastic truthful book totally honest a real good listen for football fans and referees alike

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Exposing & Interesting

As a referee myself, I aligned my career to Marks. I was stuck at a different level and should’ve kept my mouth shut…..at least he waited until he got to the top and fair play to him. I liked 99% of the things Mark said however, the 1% showed an arrogant side……it works well if you’ve been a referee, others may just think he’s being a prick……but he’s not, far from it.