Man punched while refereeing soccer game dies in Detroit - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Man punched while refereeing soccer game dies in Detroit

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DETROIT (WJRT) -  (07/01/14) - A man who was punched while refereeing an adult-league soccer match in Livonia has died.

John Bieniewicz died Tuesday morning at a Detroit area hospital.

Police say the referee was punched after ejecting a player from the game on Sunday.

A 36-year-old Dearborn man is charged in the attack.

Friends are setting up a fund to help cover Bieniewicz's funeral expenses.

Bieniewicz was from Westland and had been a soccer referee for two decades.

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