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Ricardo Portillo, Utah Referee, In Coma After Being Punched By Teen

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Pedro Lopez, Riccardo Portillo's brother-law, lowers his head during a news conference Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Intermountain Medical Center, in Murray, Utah. Ricardo Portillo, a Utah soccer referee, is in a coma after being punched by a teenage player unhappy with one of his calls, and his family says their only hope is for a miracle.
Pedro Lopez, Riccardo Portillo's brother-law, lowers his head during a news conference Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Intermountain Medical Center, in Murray, Utah. Ricardo Portillo, a Utah soccer referee, is in a coma after being punched by a teenage player unhappy with one of his calls, and his family says their only hope is for a miracle.

UPDATE: USA Today reports 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo has swelling in his brain and his recovery is uncertain as he remains in critical condition at the Intermountain Medical Center near Salt Lake City, Utah.

From The Canadian Press:

MURRAY, Utah - A Utah school district has issued a formal warning to the president of a soccer league where a referee was punched by a teen player and sent into a coma.

The Granite School District's letter says the league is in danger of having its rental agreement revoked. La Liga Continental pays to hold its games at a district middle school field each Saturday.

The district cites Saturday's assault and previous complaints that the league didn't clean up trash and violated the ban on drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.

Teachers say they recently found beer cans and other litter on the field following the games.

La Liga president Mario Vasquez said Friday the team that the teenager played on has been kicked out of the league. And he says the league will have security present at future games.

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