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Maintaining order

Area officials, organizations help combat heckling

July 4, 2013
BY ERIC BENAC - News Sports Writer ( , The Alpena News

Heckling a referee or umpire for a bad call is a regular occurrence at many sporting events and is usually done in good fun, but a series of violent incidents towards officials in the last few years recently came to head on April 27 when Ricardo Portillo, an amateur soccer ref died after being punched by a 17-year-old player.



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