Soccer Ref Dies

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Soccer Ref Dies

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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, a police spokesman said last night. Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of punching Portillo after the man called a foul and issued him a yellow card. ... layer.html

On the bright side, no guns were involved. If they allowed refs to be armed ...
"The suspect was close to Portillo and punched him once in the face as a result of the call," he said. The teen, whose name hasn't been released because of his age, has been booked into juvenile detention on suspicion of aggravated assault; authorities are considering additional charges since Portillo died. An autopsy is planned. No cause of death was released. Portillo's family said he had been attacked before, and daughter 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. "It was his passion," she said. "We could not tell him no."
I didn't know soccer was no dangerous to the refs. Fucker's been attacked before. Family warning him off the sport.

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Did the player get a red card?

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What is it with Footy that generates such violence? You have the hooligans, the crowds fighting and killing each other, the players prancing about and taking dives like they were shot, the disrespect to referees. Why?

I'll admit that North American hockey and lacrosse (and baseball too, I guess) are similarly abhorrent with the enshrinement of fighting in the games themselves.

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