Punching a soccer referee in the head is probably the worst way to argue a yellow card.
Yet, that didn't stop a Utah teen from allegedly striking a ref so hard that the official remains in critical condition four days later, according to reports from outlets across the region, including the Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News and KSL 5 News.
Law enforcement officials arrested a 17-year-old for aggravated assault on Monday, Salt Lake Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal told The Salt Lake Tribune. The charges stem from an alleged assault during a recreational match on soccer fields outside Taylorsville's Eisenhower Junior High on Saturday, pictured above, when Fut Continental soccer club had the field reserved.
Injuries to the 46-year-old referee were originally considered minor, according to the Deseret News, but doctors discovered severe internal head injuries when the man lost consciousness at a nearby hospital, where he reportedly remains in critical condition.
The unidentified teen was taken to juvenile detention, but the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case to determine whether or not the youth should be charged as an adult, according to The Tribune. Aggravated assault is a third-degree felony in Utah that carries a sentence of 0-5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.
The Tribune's attempts to reach the Fut Continental failed, but Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley confirmed the soccer club had the field reserved at the time of the incident. The Utah Youth Soccer Association does not sanction Fut Continental.Read More »from Soccer referee in critical condition after Utah teen punches him in the head arguing yellow card