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Utah referee critically hurt by soccer game punch

Updated: April 30, 2013, 3:14 PM ET
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- A referee for a recreational soccer league is in critical condition in a Salt Lake City hospital after being punched in the face by a teenage player who didn't like a call the man made in a weekend game.

The 17-year-old was booked into a juvenile detention center on suspicion of aggravated assault, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. Those charges could be amplified if the 46-year-old referee's condition worsens.

The incident happened in a flash during a soccer ...

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