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Referees in the media (week 52)

‘Referees in the media’ will be published at the beginning of the week on the Dutch Referee Blog and provides remarkable or interesting quotes and links to articles worth reading.

“He’s really looks better than the last time I’ve seen him.”

Says lawyer Sven Menke after visiting Babak Rafati, who’s recovering from an attempted suicide.

“Oh yes, of course I miss it. It’s like a player, when he finishes playing. I miss it a lot, but on the other hand, it’s good because you are still involved, still hungry and can explain better to the referees what they need to do.”

Massimo Busacca misses refereeing now he’s the head of Fifa’s refereeing department. Read full interview on

“I’m very happy. It’s a nice appreciation and a good motivation to continue what I’m doing.”

Serdar Gözübüyük after being promoted at the age of 26 to the Fifa list as youngest Dutch international referee ever.

“Now in #top2000: Uncertain Smile – The The. Routine preparation on matches I led as a referee. Worked as adrenaline pump.”

Former Dutch international referee tweets about a song he hears in a Dutch radio top list. Here’s the song:

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