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Sunday, 05 May 2013 11:57

Salt Lake City Referee Punched in Face by Teen Player Dies

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The media has reported recently that a 46 year old soccer referee by the name of Ricardo Portillo has died as the result of injuries he sustained from being punched by a 17 old during a recreational soccer game in a small suburb of Salt Lake City, UT. The teenager had punched the ref after the ref had cited him with a "Yellow Card" for pushing another player. A yellow card symbolizes an official caution of a major rule infraction in unsportsman-like behavior in soccer, a second yellow card in the same game results in the player being thrown out of the game and not being allowed to return to play for the rest of the match.

Mr. Portillo had suffered major internal trauma to the head as a result of the blow and resulted in him being rushed to the hospital where he slipped into a coma and then passed away a week later.

This story provides the perfect example to you as a player of "What Not To Do" and "How Not to Act" and the consequences of not thinking your actions or reactions through. Yes, we all hate to have someone call us out on something we have done wrong, especially if we don't think that we did anything wrong. Maybe the ref made a bad call, who knows? But even if he had made a bad call, that doesn't mean he deserved to be punched. Now the teen faces murder charges and a daughter no longer has a father all because a player didn't agree with a call.

In everyday life we face many such challenges like this. You must realize that there will be plenty of things you don't agree with in your life. You must learn how to control your anger and deal with them appropriately. If you get caught doing something wrong, take the blame it's rightfully yours, you can't get mad for someone catching you. If someone blames you for something you didn't do, you need to take it up with the proper people in charge. In adult life, we can do this through Supervisors, Managers, Law Enforcement, Courts and much more... In sports this can be your coach, team mom, league administrator, head referee or any number of people who can take the proper steps to ensure that it doesn't happen again, can give you better information on what is or isn't called and the reasons why. If they can't, then it's time to move on to somewhere else.

More on the Story: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56263774-78/portillo-police-news-soccer.html.csp

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