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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A 44-year-old referee punched in the head during an adult-league soccer match Sunday in Livonia, Michigan, died Tuesday. John Bieniewicz, 44, was looking down when he was allegedly struck by Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad, 36. The incident occurred when Saad was complaining about a call and about to be ejected from the game by Bieniewicz, witnesses and police told the Detroit Free-Press reports. "It was terrifying. ... I have never in my life seen something like this," said Scott Herkes, a player in the match. "The ref did nothing to provoke this attack."


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Was this a gun free zone?

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-07-02 08:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

I don't get soccer: a bunch of guys running back and forth, making it up as they go, falling over faking injuries like they were hacked by a chain saw, no accurate clock, riots if the game is lost by the home team, and free reign to attack officials. It's not a game, it's the second grade played by adults.

As for the ref: RIP...

#3 | Posted by catdog at 2014-07-02 08:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

Thanks for taking that hit JPW,lol.

#5 | Posted by bruceaz at 2014-07-02 09:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

There are some short fuses out there, they go off unexpectedly due to frustrations perhaps having nothing to do with displayed violence.

My brother just told a road rage story where a guy followed him into an auto parts parking lot; brother exits his vehicle with car battery hoisted on shoulder, walking toward guy's car, who then leaves the scene. i told him the guy could've had a gun, shot him, and claimed self defense. Brother believes he acted appropriately, and i am worried for him, myself & others. He was agitated while telling the story, incident had recently occurred.

#6 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-03 06:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

I hope he got a red card.

#7 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-07-03 09:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

#6 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-03 06:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

My friend had a guy follow him for quite a distance last year and he handled it pretty much the exact opposite way. It just so happened that he was on his way from a sales appointment to a barber in the town where we grew up and the police station is right by there. So he just drove into the parking lot of the police station. Other guy kept going. When he told people the story he made no pretentions of wanting to fight the guy. He figured anyone who would follow him for 25 miles, from one interstate highway to another and then off the exit, is probably not the most stable individual. Lot of nuts out there.

#8 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-03 09:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

From this link,
In Brazil last year, a 20-year-old referee was killed, dismembered and decapitated by spectators after he stabbed a player to death during an amateur soccer match.

#10 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-07-03 02:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not sure what the charge should be. Clearly no intent to kill, but also clearly some intent to do at least some physical harm.

I'm guessing 3rd degree murder?
(2nd degree murder is murder that results from intent to do serious harm even if no intent to kill)

#11 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-07-03 03:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

Professional sports makes big money for a few while we taxpayers are assessed big money for the few to make the rich even richer.

It is not good for America or society. Soccer is but another channel for the rich to screw the ever declining USA public out of their hard earned wages.

#12 | Posted by Robson at 2014-07-03 06:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

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