DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The family of a Detroit-area soccer referee who was killed by a player’s single punch has settled a lawsuit over the death.

The Detroit Free Press says details weren’t disclosed at a court hearing Friday. Attorney James Acho says the “family is satisfied with the result.”

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John Bieniewicz died last summer after Bassel Saad punched him in the head just moments before Saad would have been issued a red card ejecting from the weekend adult league game in Livonia. [HEAR THE 911 CALL]

Bieniewicz’ widow Kristen, sued Saad, the manager of his team and the Michigan United Soccer League for a total of $51 million.  The figure represents $1 million for each of the 51 additional years that Bieniewicz, 44, could have lived, according to the suit filed in Wayne County court.

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She in part faulted the league for allowing Saad to play despite his reputation as a violent player.

Saad — a 37-year-old auto mechanic who lived in Dearborn — was sentenced last spring least eight years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

In exchanged for Saad’s guilty plea to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter, prosecutors dropped a second-degree murder charge, which carries a sentence of life in prison. After serving his sentence, Saad faces deportation because he is not a U.S. citizen.

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