Sunday, May 5, 2013

Soccer Referee Punched by Player in Utah Dies - ABC News

Soccer Referee Punched by Player in Utah Dies - ABC News

A 46-year-old soccer referee who was punched by a teenage player during a game and later slipped into a coma has died, police said.

Ricardo Portillo of Salt Lake City passed away at the hospital, where he was being treated following the assault last weekend, Unified police spokesman Justin Hoyal said Saturday night.

Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of punching Portillo after the man called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card.

Portillo's family said he had been attacked before, and Johanna Portillo said she and her sisters begged their father to stop refereeing because of the risk from angry players, but he continued because he loved soccer.


COMMENTS:
svivar9087- How sad....baby boomers wanted to spare their generation x (or whatever their refered to) children the hardship and struggle, that builds character.

Gave this generation whatever they wanted, without the benefit of earning it.  And now these misguided parents ask, what went wrong?

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