Football simply would not work without referees. They keep those blithering idiots we call footballers from breaking legs with two-footed crunchers and stop goal hangers from doing what they do best.
But one football player in Holland would be much better off this Monday morning had a certain referee not turned up for an amatuer game at the weekend.
A simple tie against Barendrecht vs Scheveningen with not more than 100 people watching should not have been especially feisty; maybe that is why the referee decided to spice things up. Now it's been viewing over 200,000 times on Youtube at the time of writing.
The official wanted to award a free-kick but ended up throwing an elbow into the face of one of the players after over-accentuating the required hand movements. He fell to the ground almost immediately and it became quite clear that he was not faking it.
The physio rushed on to try and sort out the bloody mess that was now his face with the referee looking around like a lost puppy. He was stretchered off where, reportedly, a scan confirmed a break in the nostril region.
Fans of wrestling would call it a 'closeline', or maybe a 'reverse closeline'. We've opted for the 'no-look closeline', which we're happy with. It's the kind of closeline Ronaldinho would deliver if he ever entered the ring. You'll understand when you see the video.
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