College Football Player Punches Ref in the Face, Gets Arrested

Bryan Brandom
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Everyone likes to beat up on refs from time to time, and sometimes they genuinely deserve it.

But one football player for Mount San Antonio College in a juco game against Ventura College in California took "beat up" too far, and literally.

During his team's 34-29 road loss, MSAC offensive lineman Bernard Schirmer was being escorted back to his huddle by a referee after a scuffle between the squads. 

The referee, who's so far gone unnamed, gave Schirmer a shove, and the large lineman responded by eventually punching the official in the face, knocking him to the ground, where he remained.

Schirmer was immediately ejected. Then stadium officials and police made like the NFL and reviewed the tape …

… leading to the offensive lineman's arrest for suspicion of battery after the game. He was then taken to Ventura County Jail.

After being treated by trainers of both teams, the ref was replaced by a spotter and didn't return to the game.

“I was on the bench talking and I heard everyone going crazy so I jumped up and saw him on the ground,” said Ventura College quarterback Jake Luton. “That’s terrible. There’s no place for that in football.”

According to the Ventura County Star, striking an official is punishable by a five-year ban by the California Community College Athletic Association bylaws.

“I shook his hand when he was coming off and I asked him if he was OK,” said Ventura College head coach Steve Mooshagian of the referee. “He looked like he was a little drowsy.”