John Bieniewicz

Jon Bieniewicz's widow, Kris Bieniewicz, addresses the court as she gives the last victim's impact statement and holds up a soccer "red flag." It was a "red card" which ejects a player from a soccer match that prompted Saad to deliver a fatal blow to Bieniewicz's face that took the popular soccer referee's life last year. (credit: Todd McInturf , The Detroit News -- used with permission)

Referee’s Widow Files $51 Million Lawsuit Against Player Who Killed Him, Soccer League

The figure represents $1 million for each of the 51 additional years that John Bieniewicz, 44, could have lived, according to the lawsuit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/03/2015

Jon Bieniewicz's widow, Kris Bieniewicz, addresses the court as she gives the last victim's impact statement and holds up a soccer "red flag." It was a "red card" which ejects a player from a soccer match that prompted Saad to deliver a fatal blow to Bieniewicz's face that took the popular soccer referee's life last year. (credit: Todd McInturf , The Detroit News -- used with permission)

Soccer Player Sentenced To 8-15 Years In One-Punch Killing Of Referee

After serving his sentence, Bassel Saad faces deportation because he is not a U.S. citizen.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/13/2015

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 04:  Referee Pete Morelli watches during the first half of the NFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions at AT&T Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Michigan Referee’s Death Prompts Calls For Tougher Laws

Everything changed with a single punch in a men’s recreational soccer game near Detroit last summer.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/12/2015

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Michigan Panel OKs Bills Making It Crime To Assault Referee

A Senate committee on Tuesday voted 4-1 to send the legislation to the full Senate.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/03/2015

Bassel Saad (credit: Wayne County Prosecutor's Office)

Man Faces Deportation, 8-15 Years In One-Punch Killing Of Referee

Under the plea deal he could be sentenced from eight to 15 years in prison but because he is not a U.S. citizen, he could face deportation.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/20/2015

Bassel Saad appears in court on Nov. 26, 2014. (credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

Autopsy Photos OK As Evidence In Referee’s Death

A judge says jurors can see photos from the autopsy of a Detroit-area soccer referee who died after a player punched him in the head.

CBS Detroit–12/01/2014

Bassel Saad appears in court on Nov. 26, 2014. (credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

Judge Rules Murder Charge Stands Against Deaborn Man In Death Of Soccer Referee

A judge has denied a request to downgrade a murder charge against a man who killed a soccer ref with a single punch.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/26/2014

Bassel Saad, left. (credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

Soccer Player Charged In Referee’s Murder To Stand Trial Next Year

The delay comes after a judge recused herself from the case, saying she was concerned with being fair in light of her strong feelings of good sportsmanship.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/08/2014

Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway (credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

Soccer Player In Referee Slaying To Get New Judge

A judge has recused herself from the case of a metro Detroit soccer player charged in the one-punch slaying of a referee.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/06/2014

Bassel Saad (credit: Wayne County Prosecutor's Office)

Hearing Postponed For Soccer Player Charged In One-Punch Killing Of Referee

Police say Bassel Saad struck John Bieniewicz as the 44-year-old referee announced his decision to eject Saad from a men’s recreational league game.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/01/2014

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