17 Year-Old Soccer Player Kills Ref With Sucker Punch Over Yellow Card. So it comes to this, again. A player in a Salt Lake City rec-league soccer game attacked referee Ricardo Portillo from behind after receiving a yellow card. The players’ sucker punch placed Portillo in a coma with severe brain swelling. Portillo died a week after the attack.
Portillo lifted his "Yellow Card," issuing a warning to the 17-year-old boy. He then began writing the infraction in his official’s notebook.
According to the police report, Portillo probably never saw the blow coming — a powerful punch to the head.
Feeling dizzy, Portillo sat down and began vomiting blood.
"He was laying on the ground, on his left side in a fetal position," Officer Jason Huggard wrote. "Ricardo was complaining of pain in his face, back and [of] being nauseated. ... He had spit up a small amount of blood in his saliva."
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