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Published: Saturday, May 4 2013 11:25 p.m. MDT

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Logan, UT

What a sad story. He sounded like a good man. Good luck to his family. I hope justice is served. This 17-year old has issues and I blame his upbringing. Unfortunate situation all around.

Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT

This is horrible news. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Farmington, UT

As a soccer fan, former player and referee, I am deeply saddened. Soccer tradition has always been a gentlemen's sport. For example: if a player is down and needs medical attention, the player with the ball is expected to deliberately kick the ball out of bounds to allow the coach and trainer to attend to the injured player. Once the injured player has left the field, on the ensuing throw-in, the ball is thrown to the side which kicked the ball out. Something is quite wrong when emotions get this out of hand.

My heart and prayers go out to Mr. Portillo's family. May the Lord's peace be with them at this difficult time.

I am concerned also for the young man involved. In a moment of anger he did something he will have to live with forever--not an easy burden to carry.

If any good is to come of this, perhaps we can begin a dialog as a result of this wake-up call, both on the local and national level, about anger and abusive language in sports, beginning with parents on the sidelines.

Tooele, UT

I am so sorry this had to happen. He was doing what he enjoyed..Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. May God bless this wonderful man's family with peace.

Fort Collins, Colorado

This story just breaks my heart and I'm so very sad for his grieving wife and children. I hope that there be a fund set up to help his family. What a terrible senseless loss.

Gainesville, VA

Soccer is not a gentleman s sport where I live in South America. My kids had a live for the game until moving here. It is aggressive and harsh. Not fun. God bless all involved. Such a tragedy.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

This will become a big issue. Couches and organizations of all sports will watch the back draft on this. Their is a family that lost their dad and a family that lost their boy. I hope good sportsmanship and manners will be the first step. Their is a million way to kill some one. I hope that couches and sports can become true hero's and teach good sportsmanship.

G L W8

aceroinox, you have some insightful comments, but this incident is only typical of our society nowadays. There's no way to check comparisons by the numbers, but growing up in the '50's, at least in our community, things seemed much more 'gentlemanly' and 'ladylike'. Gun control, immigration, human rights, etc., just were not issues back then; sports was more sportsmanlike, and race issues existed but were distant. Seems to me the problems began to a certain extent in the late '50's with so called 'free love', increased divorce rates, drug abuse, increasing dysfunctional families, and a lack of emphasis on faith in God. Shouldn't that tell us something about current conditions?

As to human rights issues, positive gains in the same period of time have largely given way to those desiring a more humanistic ideology than a reliance upon the grace of god. Even with the variant interpretations of that belief, things were more positive then than they are now. Government, churches, schools, medical & health institutions are largely powerless to fix many of the problems. We can only do it on our individual levels.

across the sea
Topeno, Finland

As an Olympic Athletic Trainer (medical) I know injuries take place, some even when uncontrolled anger rages. I hope that the National federation would establish the Portillo Law, that would require ALL players in it's programs to forego an injury prevention and safety course - one of the main items would be to teach why not hit/kick in the head/neck regions - as a prerequicite for licensing players.
My prayers go to the Portillo family and the young man who was part of this accident. I hope there is forgiveness and love shown. One life ended, hopefully another one is not destroyed also.

Montana Mormon
Miles City, MT

Poor sportsmanship at its absolutely worst has resulted in an utterly senseless outcome. It doesn't get any more tragic than that.

My deepest condolences go out to everyone, especially to the family of the referee.

Pleasant Grove, UT

Jake: Don't be so eager to "blame his upbringing" when we all know nothing about him and his family. Sometimes even the nicest families with parents who do everything right still have a child who turns out to have problems and issues, and who engages in delinquent behavior despite everything his parents, teachers and religious leaders do.

Richmond, VA

I am deeply saddened by this tragedy and my hear goes out to both the victim and that 17 yr old kid and their families. Just wished the doctors were able to do something to save the man's life. This is the ugly side of sports that is very unfortunate.

May God's blessing and peace brings comfort and forgiveness to all involved in this terrible tragedy.

Salt Lake City, UT

Someone once said that Soccer is a gentleman's game played by ruffians, while Rugby is a ruffian's game played by gentlemen. This violence only mirrors what I read about soccer matches in Europe where both players and fans go overboard. To me the question is not more security at the matches, but better players on the field, with more character and discipline.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Farmington, UT

That is one of the BEST comments I've read here in a very long time. This is just one more tragic example of a much larger problem in America.

Saint Louis, MO

With prayers and sympathy to the Portillo family. He was obviously a dedicated man with a gentle heart and a spirit of service to the immigrant community. There is no doubt that this individual should now be charged as an adult.

Toquerville, UT

How terribly sad and tragic a situation to have occurred. I pray the Lord's Spirit will be able to have influence upon all who are touched by this occurrence. The family of the referee is going to need this influence in such a way as can only come through the peace and understanding that can come from such a source. The perpetrator of the blow is in dire need of knowing something of a higher source of reckoning for such actions, peace for him will never truly come in any other way. I feel something more must be known and understood by those of us others who have witnessed this unfortunate drama unfold. There is much clamor for justice to be administered and much directed towards the perpetrator and to his family. I think we all know and understand more deeply than just these only.., "it takes a community to raise a child!" May God bless this family..,

Little Andy
Tremonton, UT

Pretty sad.. One moment of anger and this boy will probably spend time in prison. Blame who you will but the kid has free agency. He will be the one paying for his moment of anger. Maybe at least it will teach us all when angry to kick the ground or a chair or something other than a living being. I am with Paul James a old sportscaster who talked of boxing and why he never reported on it. He said " I don't condone a sport where the main goal is to knock your opponite senseless.. " I don't know what they call it but this newer kind of kick boxing falls in that catagory. Other sports are rough enough we don;t need violence as the main goal of a sport..

Cottonwood Heights, UT

A sad day for Utah Soccer.

May God comfort and bless the Portillo family.

Eureka, UT

Such a sad story on all sides.

Moses Lake, WA

There are so many things I want to say but shouldn't. I'm ticked that it had to happen, ticked at the young man that did the punching. I haven't read anything about the boys upbringing, so I probably should keep that to my self. I still remember that the testosterone runs deep in some 17 year old boys. He does need to be held responsible for this, and I hope his conscience weighs him down for a long time. Long enough to change his direction so he can become something productive rather than a drain on society.

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