Ouch: 1860 Munich midfielder breaks nose after brush with ref

Now that’s a smack in the face!

A freak collision with a referee during an exhibition game means 1860 midfielder Daniel Bierofka will be forced to wear a protective face mask in 1860 Munich’s first game after the winter break.
The second division club was playing a warm-up game against opponent VfR Aelen on Saturday, January 26th when the match official spread out his arms to stop play early in the second half and made contact with Bierofka.

The 33-year-old German international was forced to come out of the match moments after the collision while his team went on to win the exhibition game 3-0. Bierofka will now go with the Phantom of the Opera head gear when his team faces Kaiserslautern in their match on Monday, February 4.

“I never thought the referee can injure a player,” a surprised 1860 coach Alexander Schmidt told members of the German press after the match.