Bournemouth’s south-coast clash with Southampton on Tuesday evening was delayed at half-time after fourth official Kevin Friend slipped and hit his head on one of the dugouts.
The incidents towards the end of the first period, when Friend looked to have collapsed for no reason, with some fans fearing the worst.
However, it turned out that the 44-year-old had bashed his head against one of the dugouts, cutting his face and leaving him dazed and confused in the process.
Friend was treated for the incident in the tunnel at half-time before being taken to hospital, where he remained overnight.
Luckily for the game itself, a qualified referee, Dean Treleaven, was at the game and able to fill in for the second-half.
Let’s hope Mr. Friend makes a full recovery from a nasty little incident. At least he should fare better than a certain African official mentioned in a fabulously bizarre Tweet sent to Southampton during the game at Dean Court…
— Adongo mutumbu (@Adongomutumbu) March 1, 2016
Amazing stuff! Oh, and Bournemouth won the game 2-0, courtesy of goals from Steve Cook and Benik Afobe, to move a significant eight points clear of danger.
Saints, on the other hand, stay seventh.