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The umpire hit the ball in the face from a drag flick in the Hockey World Cup match

The Netherlands advanced to the semi-finals of the Hockey World Cup after defeating South Korea on Tuesday.© Twitter

In a freak incident, German umpire Ben Guentgen was hit in the face by a penalty corner strike during the FIH Men’s World Cup quarter-final match between the Netherlands and South Korea in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. Goengen was immediately taken off the field for treatment. The incident happened in the 28th minute when South Korea’s Jang Jonghyun’s stinging drag flick deflected off the stick of a Netherlands player and hit Guentgen in the face as he stood a few meters from the goal post.

Guentgen collapsed in pain as his co-umpire Gareth Greenfield of New Zealand and tournament organizers rushed to his aid.

The injured umpire held his face with one hand and left the field with the medical staff.

He later replaced India’s Raghu Prasad as the reserve umpire for the match.

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