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In a bizarre incident, German referee Ben Goentgen was hit in the face after a penalty corner in the quarterfinals of the FIH Men’s World Cup between the Netherlands and South Korea in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. Goentgen was immediately taken off the field for medical attention. The incident happened in the 28th minute when South Korean Jang Jonghyun’s stabbing drag was deflected off a Dutch player’s stick and hit the face of Goentgen, who was standing a few yards from the goal post.

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Goentgen fell down in pain as his co-umpire Gareth Greenfield of New Zealand and the medical staff of the tournament organizers rushed to assist him.

The injured umpire held his face in one hand and rushed off the field with the medical staff.

He was later replaced by the reserve referee of the match Raghu Prasad of India.

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