SALT LAKE CITY – Soccer referee Ricardo Portillo died after a 17-year-old player allegedly assaulted him at a match, and now the league he refereed in is hosting a tournament to raise funds for his family.
Liga Continental De Futbol is hosting the tournament Saturday and Sunday, and 100 percent of the funds raised will go to Portillo’s family.
Jose Alcaraz is a friend of Portillo, and he said the tournament is a way for people to be there for the Portillo family in a difficult time.
“I know nothing we do is going to bring him back, but it’s something that will just show our support,” he said. “We just wanted to help as much as we can, and help that cause, and support the family—show them that we are together in this with them.”