He never saw it coming.

A soccer player named Mitchell van Gastel, a midfielder for the Barendrecht club in Dutch amateur league, had to be stretched off the field after having his nose broken by an accidental elbow shot from the referee.

Dutch news outlet Omroep West reports the referee, Wim Bronsvoort, dropped van Gastel in the 83rd minute of a match against Scheveningen, and has video of the unfortunate moment:

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