A ball struck a League Two official in the head during an ongoing football match, forcing him to be carried off the field on a stretcher. In the eleventh minute of the match between Swindon and Grimsby, referee Sam Purkiss was struck in the head by the ball.
Ref Purkiss is being struck by the ball.
After the event, Purkiss received medical attention on the field. In the 17th minute, he has eventually carried off the field to cheers from the crowd. In the 20th minute, the play then got back underway. This resulted from the fourth official Gareth Viccars replacing Purkiss. However, after dispatching Danny Amos, he already had some important calls to make. Charlie Austin, however, had already given the home team the lead with a close-range header in the 25th minute. Purkiss is reportedly drowsy and confused following the incident but is sitting up and speaking in the medical room, according to The Athletic.
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