Being a ref is dangerous, especially when you have to deal with the scorn of slighted players and their fans — we just didn't think it was THIS dangerous!
A soccer ref from Utah named Ricardo Portillo has died after sustaining injuries from being punched in the face by a player. He had just issued the player a yellow card and was writing it down in his notebook when he was hit right in the face.
Immediately Ricardo sat down, started vomiting blood, and was taken to the hospital. That's where his condition worsened and he eventually passed away from the injury.
His daughter said this:
"He loved soccer. We just never thought this was going to happen. He loved what he did and it was his passion."
So sad! We can't believe something this awful can come from a sport!
The 17 year-old player is locked up at juvenile detention, having been originally charged with aggravated assault. You best believe he'll now face worse charges now that Ricardo has died. He absolutely deserves them, too. At 17, you know full well not to act like that — and what makes it worse is that it was JUST A DAMN GAME.
Such a shame. Our hearts go out to Ricardo's friends and family, and those players who respected him!
[Image via AP Images.]
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