Mr Clattenburg was being a nice guy as he tended to an injured player before absorbing a bottle to the face from Egyptian defender Hussein Sayed during Al Ettifaq's 1-1 draw with Al Feiha on Saturday.
The Geordie referee, who hit the headlines recently for pausing a Saudi match because of nearby calls to prayer, took the blow in good spirits.
As language was clearly a barrier, Clattenburg pretended to give the regretful Fayed a yellow card for the sake of playful banter.
No "gameplan" from Clattenburg here it seems.
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