Jose Lopez points Thursday, May 2, 2013, to an undated photo of Ricardo Portillo, center, his brother-in-law, following a news conference, at Intermountain Medical Center, in Murray, Utah. Portillo, a 46-year-old soccer referee who was punched by a teenage player during a game and later slipped into a coma died Saturday night, May 4, 2013, police said.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Sunday, May 5th, 2013
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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.