Players for Dutch fourth-tier outfit Harkemase Boys reacted with fury and disbelief after a strange deflection saw a referee scoring against them in a game and then awarding the goal. The incident happened as the Frisian amateur club faced southern visitors Hoek on Saturday. In a clip posted on Twitter shortly afterwards, the referee identified by Dutch media as Maurice Paarhuis, is seen running into the penalty box as the Harkemase Boys’ defenders seem to have cleared a ball from danger in the 66th minute of the match. Hoek midfielder Rik Impens, however, takes another shot at goal from a tight angle, but the ball hits the front post before then glancing off the referee’s shins and rolling across the goal line.
Seconds later Paarhuis allows the goal, to the great consternation of Harkemase Boys who immediately surround him to protest, to no avail. “The referee was a so-called ‘dead element’ and could not but allow the goal,” the Dutch daily tabloid Algemeen Dagblad reported and described the effort to make it 3-2 to Harkemase Boys as “bizarre”. In any case, the goal turned out to have no impact on the full-time result as Harkemase Boys wrapped up their season with a 4-2 win against Hoek. The Dutch ‘Derde Divisie’ is three leagues below the elite Eredivisie in the Netherlands, with Harkemase Boys lying sixth in the table, two places below Hoek with one round of the season to play.