Jose Valdemar Hernandez Capetillo lost his fight for life after spending a week in a coma.
He was rushed unconscious to hospital in Xalapa, the capital city of the eastern Mexico State of Veracruz, on December 24 after being assaulted by a player from amateur side Guadalajara during a match in the city’s PEMEX – El Castillo stadium.
He died in the early hours of yesterday.
Valentin Ramirez, president of professional referees’ association AMA, said in a statement: “Jose Valdemar Hernandez Capetillo, a part-time referee, died in the early hours of yesterday morning as a result of an acute traumatic brain injury he suffered during an assault by a player in the Pemex stadium in Xalapa, Veracruz.
“Action is now being taken to ensure justice is done following the death of our colleague.