Punch kills referee

LIVONIA, Michigan (WDIV) The referee of an adult soccer game at a Livonia, Michigan park has died after being punched in the head by a player.

John Bieniewicz, 44, died overnight at a hospital, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office. Police said he was knocked unconscious during a game Sunday at Mies Park. He was in critical condition until he died early Tuesday morning.

Bassel Saad, 36, of Dearborn, is charged in the attack. He is charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

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