Originally written on The Last Angry Fan  |  Last updated 9/28/14

Hello innocuous headline!

Judging by the picture of assistant referee Frederick Geldhof lying on the pitch in obvious pain after being hit in the head while officiating a Belgian Jupiler League match last Saturday between Lierse and Zulte Waregem, you’d think he was hit by a rock, beer can, or some other projectile designed to do some damage. The video is even more dramatic, with the Belgian referee stumbling 6-7 steps before dropping to the ground, until a player rushes to his aid.

A shocking, tense, frightening moment to say the least…until you find out what exactly Geldhof was hit in the side of the head with. Then you start to wonder if Geldhof got an A+ in his high school drama class for his emoting. He looked like a young William Shatner out there.

Cardboard? Cardboard. Wet cardboard, but cardboard nonetheless. Wet or dry, being hit in the head by a piece of thickened paper didn’t warrant the reaction that Geldhof displayed. Wesley Sonck’s reaction at the end of the video pretty well sums up how we should all feel about this “performance piece.”

[Who Ate All the Pies via SportsGrid]

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