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A college football player in California was arrested Saturday night for appearing to punch a referee in the face, though he claims the contact was accidental. 

Bernard Schirmer, an offensive lineman for Mt. San Antonio College, was taken into custody shortly after he was ejected from the JUCO game. 

The alleged assault was caught on tape. It occurred after an argument between players from visiting Mt. San Antonio and hosts Ventura College. 

"Oh my God, the referee ref just got punched in the face by a player! What?! I have never seen anything like that before in my life," the announcer yelled.

Trainers from both teams ran onto the field to treat the referee, who was unconscious.

Schirmer, 19, was arrested on suspicion of battery of a game official and taken to Ventura County jail, the Ventura County Star reported.

The referee did not return to the game, but reportedly declined to press charges.

After being released on bail, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound lineman said Sunday he was "truly sorry" and that he accidentally struck the referee. 

"What he does when he gets mad is, he hits himself in the mouth," Schirmer's father explained. "My son never intentionally swung at the ref. He swung at himself to calm himself down. My son didn’t even notice him there."


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