Tuesday July 1st, 2014

An undated photo of Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad, who allegedly killed a soccer referee.
An undated photo of Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad, who allegedly killed a soccer referee.
AP Photo/Livonia Police Department

A disagreement in an adult-league soccer match has turned into tragedy. John Bieniewicz, 44, a referee in a Detroit-area soccer league, died Tuesday after being punched Sunday by a player, reports the Associated Press

Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad, a 36-year-old man from Dearborn, Michigan, has been charged with second-degree murder in the attack, according to the Associated Press

Saad allegedly punched Bieniewicz after the referee threatened to eject a player from the match. It's currently unclear if that was Saad or another player.

A spokesman for Detroit Receiving Hospital and Jim Acho, a longtime friend, confirmed Bieniewicz's death to the AP.

"His friends love him," Acho said, according to the AP. "He lives life to the fullest. Never has a bad day. Ever."

Bieniewicz, who had been a referee for two decades, leaves behind a wife and two sons. A fund is being set up to help pay for funeral expenses and provide for his children's future.

—Ben Estes

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