LOS ANGELES, May 10, 2013 — In Utah this week, 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo died after being in a coma for a week. Late last month, Portillo, a passionate soccer fan and long-time referee, was doing what he loved most, officiating a soccer game, when he was attacked by an upset player.
During the game, one of the goalies pushed a forward who was attempting to make a corner kick. Portillo gave the goalie a yellow card. A yellow card in soccer is a warning and tells players that future unsportsmanlike behavior will cause increased consequences. Receiving two yellow cards in a game means that a player is then given a red card and has to leave the field.
According to reports, the goalie began arguing with Portillo about the yellow card and subsequently punched Portillo in the head. Like with many concussions, Portillo felt fine at first, but then became dizzy. By the time emergency services arrived, he was spitting blood and lying on the ground in a fetal position. He complained of head, neck, and back pain.
A short time after being taken to the hospital, Portillo slipped into a coma due to brain swelling. He never regained consciousness and died a week later.
Both the goalie and poor sportsmanship are clearly the culprits in this tragedy. The player’s unsportsmanlike actions during the game garnered him a yellow card. The player’s continued arguing with Portillo led him to physically attack the official.
Unfortunately, the goalie’s actions are not isolated...Continue Reading
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