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It was interesting watching the Giants play in England yesterday, though a soccer pitch is an odd place to play the other kind of football, as the intentionally slick nature of the grass on a pitch combined with the rain to create a bit of a circus. The weirdest thing, however, was the fans all blowing whistles; from the cheering, the British audience clearly understood the nuances of the game, but seemed unfamiliar with how whistles have an official role in the game. There were more than a couple of instances where players seemed to stop before the play was over, presumably due to the whistles.

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5. Whistles Oct 29, 2007, 11:27 antonye
You'd be surprised at the difference between listening to the crowd through the tv and being on the pitch itself. A lot of the time you will not hear whistles from the crowd on the pitch - the other noise (boos/chants/singing/etc) drowns it out, and the referee's whistle is much more audible above this.

But I guess that adding a helmet with padding and some football players not used to whistling and it may well get a bit confusing.
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