Saturday, December 3, 2022

“Referees also live for the big games”

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As a former professional ice hockey referee, Brent Reiber (55) knows the playoffs very well. After his active career, he was responsible for the further training of Switzerland’s top referees in hockey as an “Elite Referee Manager”. He has been working in the same role for the football association for almost a year.

The Canadian-Swiss doesn’t want to judge the sense or nonsense of playoffs in football, that’s not the job of the referees’ guild. “We’re like police officers: we don’t question the law, we make sure that it’s obeyed.” In conversation, however, his anticipation of decisive games is palpable: “We are athletes too. Like the players, we live for the big matches, in which there is a lot at stake for both teams. »

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