CHELSEA’S clash with Sunderland was temporarily suspended tonight after an injury to assistant referee Ceri Williams.
Williams suffered the injury just after the ten minute mark of the quarter final at Kingsmeadow.
In worrying scenes, the Welsh official was spotted laid flat on her back as the referee called for medical assistance.
Play was stopped as Williams received treatment, before she was eventually replaced by the fourth official as she was spotted appearing to support her left arm while leaving the pitch.
“I hope it’s nothing serious,” wrote one concerned viewer.
While another echoed those sentiments by stating they too “hope the problem is not serious”.
The 28-year-old began refereeing in her hometown of Swansea.
Williams worked her way up through Welsh grassroots football before then pushing ahead in her career as an assistant referee which has led to her being listed by Fifa.
She has refereed at international level and also appeared on the line in the Uefa Women’s Champions League.
Williams was the first Welsh woman to officiate in a Uefa men’s competition when Celtic took on Real Madrid in the Uefa Youth League last season.
And she also recently officiated in the Uefa Women’s U19 European Championship Final.
No update or confirmation of her issue tonight has yet been announced.