Soccer team banned, extra security promised after ref attacked

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SALT LAKE CITY — The soccer team that a teenage boy played for, when he allegedly attacked a referee who gave him a yellow card on the field, has been banned from the league.

Saturday’s game that sent Ricardo Portillo to the hospital, was that team’s last, coach James Yapias told FOX 13 on Friday. He was at Intermountain Medical Center where he was visiting Portillo and his family.

Portillo remained hospitalized in extremely critical condition. He remained in a coma, but his daughter said she had hope he would be alright.

“He’s fighting for his life and we’re fighting with him, too,” Johana Portillo told FOX 13. “He’s really stable right now and a few nights ago he wasn’t.”

A police report obtained by FOX 13 on Friday under a public records request said Portillo had been refereeing a soccer game last weekend when he gave…

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