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Ricardo Portillo
Birth: unknown
Death: May 4, 2013

A referee for a recreational soccer league has died after he was punched in the face by a teenage player who didn't like his decision, Salt Lake City police said.

Ricardo Portillo, 46, was refereeing a game in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville on April 27 when he cited a player for an infraction and issued him a "yellow card."

In soccer, a yellow card is a caution to the player; a second results in his ejection from the game.





Ricardo Portillo died after being punched by a player last week.

The decision, police say, prompted the 17-year-old player to turn around and punch Portillo in the face.

At first, authorities thought Portillo suffered only minor injuries from the assault.

But after he was taken to a hospital, doctors discovered he had suffered serious internal head injuries, police said.

For seven days, he remained in critical condition.

"He loved soccer," his daughter Johana Portillo told CNN's Jake Tapper on Friday. "We just never thought this was going to happen. He loved what he did and it was his passion."

She added: "The doctor says only a miracle will bring my daddy back."

On Saturday night, Portillo died from his injuries.

Authorities will conduct an autopsy.

Teen in juvenile detention

As for the teenager, he remains in juvenile detention.

Police initially charged him with aggravated assault. But with Portillo's death, authorities expect to upgrade the charges.

Officials have not released the teenager's name because he is a juvenile.

The incident took place during a game of Fut International, a Hispanic soccer league for children between ages 5 and 17.

League president Mario Vasquez told CNN affiliate KUTV he didn't know the suspect personally, but was not aware of other incidents involving the player.

But, he said, the league has a no-tolerance policy and kicks out players if they engage in violence toward each other, referees or parents.

Similar incident in the Netherlands

The incident brings to mind a similar attack in the Netherlands in December.

In that incident, police charged two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old who beat a 41-year-old linesman during an amateur soccer game.

The linesman's son was playing in the game when the incident occurred -- and witnessed the attack.
 
 
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Created by: Anonymous Child
Record added: May 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110005788
Ricardo Portillo
Added by: No Guts, No Glory
 
 
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Be at peace.
- caroline
 Added: Sep. 2, 2014
So sad.
- caroline
 Added: May. 20, 2013
You're in heaven, free from pain and suffering forever! Goal! P.S. If you see my cousin Troy up there in God's soccer club, please say hi to him for me!
- Kate Duvall
 Added: May. 5, 2013
 
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