Referee critically injured after punch from soccer player, police say


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  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    May 4, 2013 6:10 a.m.

    I wonder how many "sorry, but HE MADE me mad's" it will take before the young man feels he has made this all better? We live in a weird society that allows a person, no matter how evil or misguided to just say: "I'm sorry" and it's all better. Someone said talk is cheap and nothing is cheaper than those two words. I hope the referee gets better and can come back to who he was very soon, but my fear is that it's not quite that easy. I also hope that this 17 yr old is tried as an adult so society might be protected from a person who so easily becomes violent and capable of deadly harm to others. I hope the parents will express openly, their concern rather than bunkering down together with junior who wouldn't harm a fly, a kid who is so gentle and kind to all others, unless persecuted by a mean ref.

  • Eliot Santaquin, UT
    May 1, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    A yellow card at a pick up game? I'm guessing no.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    May 1, 2013 12:06 a.m.

    Best wishes to the Soccer Ref and hopefully all turns out well. I agree with BraveSirRobin concerning the treatment of referees in all sports.

    I also hope that this can be a turning point for the 17 year old involved without someone having to lose their life for another to learn a lesson.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    April 30, 2013 10:12 p.m.

    I would be shocked that this game is associated with any "organization" which would sadly mean that the officials medical bills won't be covered. It would be interesting to see who was actually "renting" the field from the school district. I think it was likely a pick-up game that you often see in parks.

    Let's hope for a complete, fully and speedy recovery.

  • Ex Pat Salt Lake City, Ut
    April 30, 2013 10:04 p.m.

    I agree with Strider 303 - there are a lot of facts missing! So who are they covering for?

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    April 30, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    Soccer fans look down their nose at other sports and deem their sport as worldly and sophisticated when it is just liek any other sport, bad apples everywhere ruining for everyone else.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    April 30, 2013 7:04 p.m.

    Let's ban soccer.

  • rawlshea1 salt lake city, UT
    April 30, 2013 6:17 p.m.

    In this day and age of instant digital communication, this egregious act should be memorialized as the most extreme unacceptable action. Too many people, parents, children and friends, watch professional athletes clown perform because of the possible increase in their digital identity. As a community linked by the Internet we need to put a stop to this. Violent behavior, on the field or off, should carry substantial penalties not just slaps on the wrist. If an NBS, MLB, NFL, NHL or Soccer player is violent beyond mere negligence, that is, a wanton and willful act, they should be banned for life from the their professional sport. Harsh? Yes, but we need to regain control of our sports life, so our civil live has some non-violent predictability. Pray for the referee.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    The story is high on background, and light on facts. I realize the name of the victim of the assault may not be available but, this we do know:the teams, match and referee were not part members of the Youth Soccer League, and there is some vague reference to a team that usually rents the field but missing are the names of the actual teams that participated in the match and some information on the "league" involved.

    So I conclude that a number of people met on a field and had a soccer match they evidently didn't have names so it must have been a "pick-up" match. One of the spectators volunteered to officiate and some 17 year-old got upset with a call and cold-cocked the ref.

    There's an elephant in the room, or in this case, on the field. And nobody's willing to say anything about it.

    Pat, you can do better than this.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2013 5:44 p.m.

    All the crazy parents need to back off the pressure they put on their kids for all sports. Not just soccer.

    Kids need to play for fun. Parents need to go home and read a book or go on a bike ride.

    Too much pressure on these kids.

    Kids. It is ok to just have fun. The NFL, NBA Etc. is not a good destination for you. Go have fun and learn how to enjoy life.

  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    April 30, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    I'm not even remotely condoning what this kid did. He'll need to be held accountable for his actions. However, the comments are so final as to their assessment of his overall character and people are so quick to assume he's such a villain that he needs to be banned forever from anything resembling organized sports. One person even suggested the kid needs to spend 10 years in prison for punching the official. Murderers get less than that. As bad as what this kid did, it's no where near as bad as the critical judgement people make of one another as though they are entitled to be so cortical because they have no stain on their perfect lives.

    People make mistakes, especially when they are in the heat of competition. It doesn't make them horrible people. This kid will be punished and, hopefully, his victim will make a full recovery. In the meantime, I hope those standing in judgement can find a way to address their need to so easily condemn a 17 year old kid so harshly while overlooking their own character flaws.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    April 30, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    What poor sportsmanship. Some referees give bad calls, we understand that. But to take it out on the ref in such an angry manner makes me wonder if there is also something else behind the anger.
    Good luck to the ref.

  • JLFuller Boise, ID
    April 30, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    Kids learn this stuff at home. Parents who display this type of behavior can only expect thier kids to do it too. Parents who do not recognise and stop acting out may expect life-long behavior problems from thier off spring. Don't believe me? Go to visiting day at your local penitentiary and watch the interactions.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 30, 2013 2:19 p.m.

    And we wonder why more people won't be referees. News flash to athletes and parents: If you want better referees you need more people to step up and be referees in the first place. If you want more people to be referees, stop berating the ones you have.

    I was a referee for Utah Youth Soccer for six months. Finally I couldn't take any more and walked off the job. The behavior of parents was so bad. And I was a good ref by all accounts - I always rated well in my assessments.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    April 30, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    I guess they ought to ban fists now. This kid is out of control and should have no part in sports, ever. Perhaps 10 years in prison, after being tried as an adult. This will give him time to think about his stupidity. I doubt his is the first time he has had a temper tantrum on the field, or probably in school. Sorry to hear about this unfortunate instance. Tragedy is the result. I have seen kids go after other kids and slug them when they weren't looking, but this is a low-down cowardice act.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 30, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    This kid made a huge mistake, following his little mistake, and now he is really in trouble. The anger expressed needs to be treated. And then he needs to either never play a game again and/or officiate for free for about the next 25 years so he can see what sports officials do who dedicate themselves to the success of amatuer sports.

    I hope his parents are willing to address the issues in their son's life.

    And I hope the best for the official. What a trajedy from him and his family.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    April 30, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    Best Wishes to the harmed official for a good recovery. You worry about a parent going after an official, but a kid doesn't seem as likely...

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 30, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    "Crazy. This kid should be banned from all sanctioned youth sports."

    Banned from youth sports? Seriously?

    This kid may end up in prison for manslaughter.

  • satch Highland, UT
    April 30, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    This is inexcusable. This young man should spend sometime in a cell and NEVER see time on a pitch again.

  • amazondoc USA, TN
    April 30, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    Cowardly, but also tragic.

    Because an immature boy lost his temper, two lives have been changed forever. The coach may die, and the kid will always have this incident hanging over his head. Very sad on both sides.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    April 30, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    At first thought it was a parent who did this. What a punk this kid did.

  • The.Canuck Tooele, UT
    April 30, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    Wow for a yellow card?

    Imagine what might have happened had the punk been given a red card!

    Crazy. This kid should be banned from all sanctioned youth sports.

    What a cowardly act.