Soccer player dies after massive brawl during game was sparked by disagreement with referee’s decision

A 29-year-old California soccer player has died 15 days after a violent struggle during a game after two teams disagreed with a referee's call.
The incident happened Sunday, July 10, when the Oxnard Police Department in California received a call to be sent to Oxnard High School after receiving reports of a large fight that took place at a soccer field around 11 a.m , said the police.
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When authorities arrived at the scene, they discovered Misael Sanchez, 29, of Port Hueneme, California, lying in the field. He was unresponsive and not breathing, according to a statement released by the Oxnard Police Department.
"Officials spoke to witnesses and learned that the fight was between two adult football teams," the statement said. “The fight took place when the two teams disagreed with a referee's decision. Sanchez was on the field playing football for one of the two teams when the fight broke out. During the fight, Sanchez was attacked by multiple assailants.”
Sanchez was then transported by ambulance to Ventura County Medical Center, where he was recorded in critical condition. Sanchez died early Monday morning as a result of the attack in the field.
An autopsy is scheduled to be performed Tuesday by the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of Sanchez's death.
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Investigators are currently trying to locate additional witnesses and videos of the incident, but the Ventura County Police Department has confirmed that at least one person, 46-year-old Berliner Jose Melgara, was arrested as he attempted to leave the scene of the fight and arrested for assaulting Sanchez, police say.
It's unclear if Melgara was involved in the attack or if he is still being held by authorities, but the Ventura County Police Department confirmed that they said he was being questioned about the attack.
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"We weren't ready for that kind of goodbye," reads a GoFundMe page commemorating Sanchez. "At this time we ask for your prayers."
The investigation into the attack is ongoing and anyone with information about the case can report it online through the Oxnard Police Department website.
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