Fans thought the official had fainted after being knocked unconscious in the assault.
But Red Cross workers were unable to revive Victor Trejo after racing to his aid and discovering he had no pulse.
The player locally as Ruben Rivera Vazquez reportedly fled the scene in a pick-up truck as the ref was receiving medical attention.
The official’s body was covered with a small blue tarpaulin until a judge arrived and let undertakers remove him.
The shocking incident occurred on Sunday morning around 10.30am local time at a pitch called ‘Amigos del Balon’ – Spanish for ‘Friends of the Ball’ in Tulancingo in the Mexican state of Hidalgo.
The player blamed for the ref’s death was representing a Sunday league side called Canarios-Roja Gomez, Criterion Hidalgo reports.
He reportedly lost his temper after being red-carded for protesting a foul, and is still believed to be on the run.