UT Referee Dies After Being Punched In Face



Salt Lake City, Utah ( KTXV ) A referee from a recreational soccer league in Utah has died from injuries he received in an assault during a recent game.

Salt Lake City Police say 46–year–old Ricardo Portillo was punched in the face by a 17–year–old player after a penalty call. It happened on this field in Taylorsville last weekend.

At first, it seemed Portillo only suffered minor injuries in the assault, but later at a hospital, doctors discovered he had serious internal head injuries.

He remained in critical condition for a week before passing away Saturday night.

The teen is currently in a juvenile detention facility and could now face additional charges.

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