Linesmen (and women, eh Sian?) are always getting bowled over by over-excited players chasing lost causes. Amid howls of derision and jeers – and that’s just from the referee – the battered assistants are forced to pick themselves up, regain control of their flag and get on with it.
There would have been great joy in officiating circles then at this footage from Serie B, which saw the boot on the other foot. Livorno coach Walter Novellino was sent flying by a sprinting assistant referee during his side’s match against Pescara.
We love his melodramatic return to the dugout.