Mt. San Antonio College Football Player Arrested After Allegedly Punching Referee in Head

Community college football player was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony battery after he punched a game official in the head, authorities said Sunday.

Police say a scuffle broke out on the field between Ventura College and Mt. San Antonio College players about 8:15 p.m. Saturday. One of the game’s officials got into the middle of the scuffle and began guiding Mt. San Antonio lineman Bernard Schirmer back to his side of the field, police said.

But as the referee tried to control Schirmer, “the player punched the referee in the head and knocked him unconscious,” the Ventura County Community College District Police Department said in a statement.

Schirmer, 19, of Long Beach was ejected from the game and escorted off the field into the locker room, authorities said. After interviewing witnesses and conferring with Ventura College President Greg Gillespie, officers took Schirmer into custody, police said.

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