California Soccer Player Dies From On-Field Brawl

A California soccer player died Monday of injuries he sustained in a massive brawl that broke out at a soccer match more than two weeks earlier.

The Oxnard Police Department said that Misael Sanchez, 29, had been at the hospital since July 10 after being beaten in a “large fight” that broke out between opposing team members and spectators on a soccer field at Oxnard High School.

California police said the brawl started at around 11 AM due to a disagreement over a referee’s call.

Multiple people attacked Sanchez in the brawl, who was unresponsive and not breathing when first responders arrived.

Emergency medical services transported Sanchez to Ventura County Medical Center in critical condition.

Sanchez’s exact cause of death is yet to be determined. 

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office has scheduled an autopsy for Sanchez on Tuesday.

Oxnard police arrested 46-year-old Berlin Jose Melgara on charges of felony battery in connection with the beating, but they believe more assailants were involved in Sanchez’s death.

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