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Referee Dies After Getting Punched In Face

A referee who was punched in the face last week by a teenager while officiating a recreational soccer game has died.

CNN reports that Ricardo Portillo, 46, was refereeing a soccer game outside Salt Lake City, Utah at the end of April, when he issued a "yellow card" to a player who had committed an infraction.

Upon being issued the yellow card, he decision, police say, the 17-year-old player punched Portillo in the face.

Initially, Portillo was only thought to have suffered minor injuries from the attack, however, when he was taken to an area hospital, he was listed as being in critical condition after doctors determined that he had severe internal head injuries. Portillo succumbed to his injuries on Saturday night.

The teenager, who is currently sitting in juvenile detention, was initially charged with aggravated assault, however, his charges will now become more severe as a result of Portillo's death.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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