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Detroit Soccer Ref Dies After Getting Punched at Game

A man who was punched in the head over the weekend while refereeing an adult-league soccer match in suburban Detroit died Tuesday at Detroit Receiving Hospital, according to hospital spokesman Alton Gunn.

Police said a 36-year-old man punched John Bieniewicz, 44, in the head after the referee indicated he planned to eject the man from the game. Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad of Dearborn was arraigned Monday on a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm. The Wayne County prosecutor's office said the charges would be reviewed and possibly amended when it had the necessary documentation.

"I speak for all his friends when I say we are devastated. Crushed. Just a senseless way for a great guy to go out," Bieniewicz's longtime friend Jim Acho said. "He deserved better."

A GoFundMe has been set up for anyone who would like to donate to the victim's family, Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV reported.

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