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The Latest: College player suspended for hitting referee

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VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California college football player who knocked out a referee during a game has been suspended for five years.

A spokesman for Mount San Antonio College says the school was notified Monday that its sports conference commissioner has suspended Bernard Schirmer for punching the ref during last Saturday's game.

However, Brian Yokoyama says the school will appeal the suspension.

Yokoyama says the college examined enlarged, frame-by-frame video of the incident and concluded that Schirmer's arm accidentally struck the official.

Schirmer has apologized for the hit and said it wasn't intentional.

Rich Kollen of the Southern California Football Association says he spoke to the referee on Sunday and was told the man is fine but a little sore. He hasn't seen a physician.

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