US soccer referee punched by player dies

Portillo was punched by a 17-year-old goalie when the referee issued a yellow card. Portillo suffered swelling in his brain and had been listed in critical condition.

updated: May 06, 2013 08:44 IST
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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.

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