Queensland Oztag is working through its suspension process for a player who allegedly king hit a referee on Monday night.

An Oztag player who allegedly “coward punched” a Brisbane referee after disagreeing with a call is in the process of being suspended from the game.

Jason Fernie has been a referee for 22 years and may never return to the game after winding up in hospital on Monday night.

The 49-year-old had been officiating a social Oztag game in Rocklea one moment and the next he remembers waking up in hospital.

“I don’t remember much of the second half if any of it at all,” he told 9 News.

“Obviously, I got hit and I woke up in hospital.”

He began to put the pieces of the puzzle together from the recollections of other players.

“I was discussing something with one of the players and this guy just came from behind and got me,” Mr Fernie said.

He was told that he had suffered a seizure and had started foaming at the mouth before he was rushed to hospital.

He was diagnosed with a bleed on the brain and described an unrelenting throbbing pain in his head.

“The doctors said, ‘one punch kills’, so I’m lucky I’m alive really,” he said.

Organisers of the social OzTag competition are assisting police with their inquiries.

A Queensland Oztag spokesperson said the organisation was dealing with the problem internally in line with its suspension policy and procedures.

“There is no way we condone this kind of behaviour,” the spokesperson said.

Mr Fernie is reconsidering his place in the game after more than two decades.

“Yes, we get it wrong now and then but to punch a ref, that’s just uncalled for,” he said.

Police are appealing to any spectators from the night who saw the incident to come forward.

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