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Friday, July 4, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: A Deadly Soccer Field Assault

     A Michigan adult soccer league referee died Tuesday morning, July 1, 2014 after a player allegedly punched him in the head during a soccer match in Livonia. The referee, John Bieniewicz, 44, was reportedly struck by Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad, 36, after the former had ejected him during the game on June 29, 2014.

     Livonia police chief Curtis Caid said that the victim was rushed to the Detroit Receiving Hospital in critical condition after he was rendered unconscious and discovered to have not been breathing from the blow. Saad had reportedly raised his middle finger to the crowd after the incident.

     Local authorities detained Saad under a $500,000 bail. He pleaded not guilty to assault that caused bodily harm. Investigations are still underway but authorities expect the charges against Saad to change to criminal homicide after the death of the victim…

Christi Leong, "Soccer Play Charged for Deadly Punch to Michigan Referee," chinatopic.com, July 2, 2014

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