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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

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State Senator Proposes Making It Felony To Assault Referee

A state senator is sponsoring legislation to make it a felony to assault a referee or other official at a sporting event.

CBS Detroit–01/29/2015

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)

Report: NFL Also Tells Cowboys That Refs Missed Multiple Penalties By Lions

Wednesday, Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill reported that the NFL also conceded it had missed multiple infractions that hurt Dallas.

01/07/2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Referee John Higgins (L) talks with head coach Lon Kruger of the Oklahoma Sooners during their game against the Washington Huskies in the 2014 MGM Grand Showcase basketball event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Washington won 69-67. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Referee Answers Cell Phone During Game [VIDEO]

He manages to continue reffing the game, but he is on his phone the entire video until the last second when you see him finally hang up.

97.1 The Ticket–01/07/2015

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

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