Vigil held for Utah soccer referee hit, killed by player

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SALT LAKE CITY — Family members of a Utah soccer referee who died a week after a player punched him in the head called on athletes around the world Sunday to hold their tempers in check so another family doesn’t have to suffer.

They spoke at a candlelight vigil held on the front lawn of the Salt Lake City home of Ricardo Portillo, 46.

Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of punching Portillo after he called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card. Portillo died Saturday night after a week in a coma.

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