Soccer referee in coma after being punched by player
Doctorssay a soccer referee in Utah remains in a coma after being punched by a teenageplayer unhappy with one of his calls. The family of referee Riccardo Portillo saystheir only hope is for a miracle.
The46-year-old man was last listed in critical condition at Intermountain MedicalCenter in the Salt Lake City suburb of Murray. Doctors say they're trying tocontrol swelling in his brain and his recovery is uncertain.
Policesay a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league punched Portillo, once,on the side of his head Saturday after he was called for a foul. The teen hasbeen booked into juvenile detention on suspicion of aggravated assault.
Portillo'soldest daughter says it wasn't the first time a soccer player assaulted herfather. Johana Portillo says her father has had ribs and legs broken by playersangry with his calls.