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Friday, November 22, 2019

Mt. SAC OL Bernard Schirmer arrested for punching referee

Bernard Schirmer referee

A junior college player was arrested on Saturday night for punching a referee during a game between Mt. SAC and Ventura College in Ventura, Calif.

Mt. SAC was driving in the third quarter and had the ball in field goal range when offensive lineman Bernard Schirmer got into it with a referee. Schirmer was being pushed and then held by the official, and the lineman ended up decking the ref.

The official, who was a side judge, went down immediately. According to the Ventura County Star, the referee was replaced in the game after being punched.

Play halted as officials from both sides talked about what happened. Police reviewed video of the incident during the game and then took statements from each of the officials after the game.

The Star says police decided to arrest Schirmer on suspicion of battery and transferred him to the county jail.

The VC Star says that punching the official could result in a five-year ban for Schirmer.

This is a serious deal, not unlike a story we covered last year when during a junior college game a referee punched a coach. Because there was video, police were able to act swiftly here.

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