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|“||And the ref just called a bullshit penalty!||„|
|~ Grim Blitzrow|
Teams[edit | edit source]
All teams can use this Dirty Trick.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
If a team has employed this trick, the referee will do the following in its favor:
- overturn any major play against that team (e.g. allowed a long-yardage play, turned the ball over or allowed a score) with a bogus 10-yard penalty.
- overlook any major penalty that should have been called against the team which bribed him (e.g. unnecessary manslaughter)
The ref is loyal to the team that last bribed him. Earlier versions of this article claimed that bribing a ref that the other team has bribed will only cancel out the bribe; this is not correct.
Counterplay[edit | edit source]
At the first sign of a dirty ref, there are two methods of counterplay.
- Use your own Bribe Ref to cancel out the opponents' bribe.
- Use Ref attack to replace the dirty ref.
The first method avoids a 15-yard penalty for refslaughter, which can be hefty on top of the 10-yard bogus penalty the ref has probably already called on you, and you will also reap the benefits of your bribe. However, you won't be able to wait until the most advantageous time to bribe the ref, such as when the opposing team is ready to score. Also, your opponent will probably realize you've bribed the ref before the ref calls a penalty on his team, since he will notice his own bribe no longer works. (The AI is capable of noticing this.)
The AI always seems to attack the ref rather than counter-bribing.
Penalties[edit | edit source]
There are no penalties for bribing the referee. A dirty ref allowed to live will continue to make biased calls until he is dealt with.
Manual[edit | edit source]
Description from the Official Game Manual:
It’s easy to tell when a ref is bribed because he calls silly, nonsensical penalties and has “BRIBED” floating above his head during the game.
Since bribed refs have no loyalties, a team can bribe an already bribed ref. Once bribed, the ref will turn on the other team who originally bribed them.