Soccer Referee Dies After Being Hit by Teenager

17-year-old's name won't be released due to his age; authorities consider additional charges against him


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, Unified police spokesman Justin Hoyal said Saturday night.