Referee dies after 17-year-old goalie he called for a foul punches him at soccer game
Soccer Referee Punched By Player In Utah Dies | Corpus Christi, TX | KRISTV.com |
MURRAY, Utah - Ricardo Portillo's daughters had begged him to stop refereeing in a soccer league because of the growing risk of violence from angry players.
Now they're faced with planning his funeral after he succumbed to injuries late Saturday that had put him in a coma for a week since a 17-year-old goalie punched him in the head.
Authorities say the teen punched Portillo after the youth was called for a foul and issued a yellow card.