Referees have to put up with a lot in the modern game, but rarely do they get physically harmed on the pitch.
This happened to Mark Clattenburg , one of the most distinguished referees in the game, when a stray bottle hit him in the face.
He has officiated in the Premier League but now plies his trade in the gulf state of Saudi Arabia and Al-Ettifaq left-back Hussein Sayed inadvertently lobbed a bottle at the man in the middle.
Clattenburg seemed quite shock in the immediate aftermath before Sayed swiftly apologised to him.
And Clattenburg was a good sport when he jokingly gave the player a yellow card. Watch the incident below...
WATCH: @Clattenburg1975 wasn't so impressed after being accidentally hit with a water bottle in #SaudiArabia , but still saw the funny side of it. pic.twitter.com/lb0alyD0fu — Ahdaaf (@ahdaafme) February 12, 2018