Punched Ref Dies After Time in Coma

    May 6, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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A Utah man died on Saturday after being punched while refereeing a soccer game one week ago. According to an Associated Press report, 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo died at a Salt Lake City hospital after spending a week in a coma.

Portillo had been the referee at a recreational soccer match last Sunday, when he was punched on the side of the head by a 17-year-old player. Portillo had just given the youth, a goalkeeper, a yellow card for shoving another player. The referee became dizzy and then began vomiting blood, according to witnesses. He suffered brain swelling and fell into a coma after being transported to a nearby hospital.

According to the AP report, the teen is currently in a juvenile detention center on aggravated assault charges. Authorities have indicated additional charges may be filed in the wake of Portillo’s death.

  • http://yahoo Juan Villa

    This is just tragic. This “boy” committed a very serious crime at a sports event in front of a lot of spectators. I know for a fact that this 17 year old “juvenile” can be certified to stand trial as an adult, and he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for committing “unpremeditated” murder.