Utah soccer league to hire security
by Brady McCombs, Associated Press
May 03, 2013 03:45 PM | 584 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Johana Portillo, Riccardo Portillo's oldest daughter, cries during a news conference Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Intermountain Medical Center, in Murray, Utah. Ricardo Portillo, a Utah soccer referee, is in a coma after being punched by a teenage player unhappy with one of his calls _ and his family says their only hope is for a miracle. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Johana Portillo, Riccardo Portillo's oldest daughter, cries during a news conference Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Intermountain Medical Center, in Murray, Utah. Ricardo Portillo, a Utah soccer referee, is in a coma after being punched by a teenage player unhappy with one of his calls _ and his family says their only hope is for a miracle. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Johana Portillo, center, and her sister Ana Portillo hold hands while Dr. Shawn Smith looks on during a news conference Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Intermountain Medical Center, in Murray, Utah. Ricardo Portillo, a Utah soccer referee, is in a coma after being punched by a teenage player unhappy with one of his calls _ and his family says their only hope is for a miracle. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Johana Portillo, center, and her sister Ana Portillo hold hands while Dr. Shawn Smith looks on during a news conference Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Intermountain Medical Center, in Murray, Utah. Ricardo Portillo, a Utah soccer referee, is in a coma after being punched by a teenage player unhappy with one of his calls _ and his family says their only hope is for a miracle. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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MURRAY, Utah (AP) — The president of a soccer league where a Utah referee was punched by a player and sent into a coma says the league will be hiring security for its games.

Mario Vasquez said Friday he's still in shock about what happened last Saturday to his friend Ricardo Portillo.

He says La Liga Continental de Futbol will continue holding weekend games for children and teens at a middle-school field in suburban Salt Lake City. But he says off-duty police officers will watch over things.

Vasquez says the league was created in 2009 to provide a family-friendly place where the Hispanic community could play soccer.

Portillo's family says the 46-year-old was attacked before while refereeing. Vasquez says those incidents didn't happen in his league, and that it's never seen anything this violent before.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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