Punch proves fatal for soccer referee

MURRAH, Utah (KSL) — The daughter of a soccer referee who died Saturday a week after being punched in the head by an angry player during a match said her whole family is hurting in the wake of his tragic death.

Ricardo Portillo, 46, died late Saturday night after being in a coma for several days. He was officiating a game on April 27 and issued a yellow card during the game, penalizing a 17-year-old player. The player punched Portillo in the head, police said.

Authorities say the teen punched Portillo after the youth was called for a foul and issued a yellow card, and the teen punched him in the face because of the call.

The suspect has been booked into juvenile detention on suspicion of aggravated assault.

Hoyal said authorities will consider additional charges since the 46-year-old Salt Lake City man has died. The Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office said they will review the case Monday.

 

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