Being a football referee is difficult. Maybe the most difficult job a ref has is breaking up fights between very large men. Sometimes that can go very wrong.
Things did go very wrong for an official during a JUCO football game in Ventura County, Calif. The official, whose name was not released by police, went down after taking a punch to the face, resulting in the arrest of Mount San Antonio College lineman Bernard Schirmer, according to Sgt. Mike Pallotto of the Ventura College Police Department.
From the Ventura County Star:
Schirmer, who was accused of the assault, was immediately ejected from the game and, after a review of the game broadcast, was arrested on suspicion of battery of a game official and taken to Ventura County jail, according to Sgt. Mike Pallotto of the Ventura College Police Department.
Before the arrest, we got maybe the most intense replay review in the history of football.
According to the Ventura County Star, striking a referee is punishable by a five-year ban under the bylaws of the California Community College Athletic Association.
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