Heavy punishment given to JUCO player that punched ref

The incident happened on Saturday.

The junior college player that was arrested for punching a referee mid-game has been suspended from play for five years, according to The Buzzer on FOX.

Mt. SAC offensive lineman Bernard Schirmer was caught on camera knocking out a referee in a recent game against Ventura College. Schirmer was ejected from the game, and arrested afterwards for suspicion of felony battery on a sports official.

"I didn't mean any of that to happen," Schirmer said, according to the Ventura County Star. "I'm truly sorry about what happened to the ref."

The punishment was handed down by the Southern California Football Association. Schirmer and his school are reportedly appealing the suspension.