No charges yet in case of soccer referee who died after being punched by player

Published: Tuesday, May 7 2013 5:17 p.m. MDT

Alex Flores and his mother Silvia Castro place candles and flowers at a small memorial for friend Ricardo Portillo after family and friends of the soccer referee spoke at a press conference Sunday, May 5, 2013 at the Portillo home. Ricardo Portillo died Saturday, May 4 from injuries sustained from being hit by a 17-year-old soccer player the week before. Funeral services will be Wednesday.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill said his office will likely finish reviewing potential charges Wednesday in the case of the soccer referee who died after being punched.

Ricardo Portillo, 46, died a week after being punched in the head by a 17-year-old goalie on April 27 while refereeing a youth soccer match. The teen was upset with a yellow card Portillo had just given the keeper for shoving an opposing player.

A yellow card is given to a player who has committed a serious foul. If a player receives two yellow cards, that player is ejected from the game and forced to sit out the next game as well.

The team the goalie played for was expelled from the league.

Prior to Portillo passing away on May 4, the 17-year-old had been sitting in juvenile detention for investigation of aggravated assault. The charges filed by the district attorney's office will likely be increased.

It was unknown Tuesday whether charges would be filed in juvenile or adult court, which is an option for 17-year-olds charged with serious violent crimes.

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