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Whistle Blower

By: Mark Clattenburg
Narrated by: Richard Burnip
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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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100% worth a read.

Great listen

The narrator does well to sell the story.

Clattenburg comes across in multiple ways throughout the book but you get a great insight into his mentality, politics within the PGMOL and world football.

I’m glad I purchased it and I’ve listened to it a couple of times already.

Easy listen.

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Mark Clattenburg seems to have fallen out with a lot of people - including his mother - but he doesn’t really seem to question why. He was undeniably a successful referee, but there is no real explanation as to why. What made him different? He doesn’t really take you onto the pitch with him. Only when he talks about his mentor Pierluigi Collina do you get a sense of what makes a top referee. It’s entertaining enough for the most part, but the criticism of many of the referees around him becomes a bit dull. If he was so badly treated how did he rise so quickly?

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Insightful

Good look into the world of a ref , Good job Mark Lizard lips

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Did like Clattenburg as a ref, but this was zzzzz!

if you're looking for stories of onfield incidents... this book isn't for you.
it's more a life story & the behind the scenes politicking of referees & which ones are ar$e holes etc. Did come across as self glorification for large parts... wasn't what I was expecting & the little things that mean so much to him... make for a less interesting listen.

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be prepared started off ok but got bored. He should have stuck to being a ref.

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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