Female referee knocked-out as ball hits her in the face

Long pass struck from close range hits Salomé di Iorio in the face.

Salomé di Iorio, the female referee is knocked-out as the ball hits her in the face
HIT: di Iorio (Image: YouTube/All Moovie)

See a female referee knocked-out as a long pass struck from close range hits Salomé di Iorio square in the face with some force during a match in the Argentinian lower leagues.


di Iorio was officiating a Primera B Metropolitana clash between Liniers and Centro Español when a misdirected hoof bounced off her head.

The 34-year-old Argentine lawyer then collapsed to the floor as club medical staff and players are seen coming to her aid.

Thankfully, the ref was eventually able to continue but did attend a hospital following the game as a precaution – although there are reportedly no lasting ill effects from the incident.

WATCH: Female referee knocked-out by ball as it hits her in the face

The video uploader and Google Translate summed up the event well:

Last weekend, the club Liniers defeated Centro Español ( 0-4) , on behalf of the 9th day of Argentine Primera D . During this match, Salome di Iorio, the referee of the meeting Salome Di Iorio, has unfortunately ended up on the cross path.

Poor nonetheless able to complete the encounter to arbitrate.

Salomé di Iorio is an official of some repute and could be considered Argentina’s top female referee.

She was selected as referee for the 2009 Copa Libertadores de Fútbol Femenino as well as the women’s tournament at the 2012 Olympics and is also the only female ref in the Argentine Primera División’s reserves league.