Hospital: Referee punched during soccer game dies
DETROIT (AP) — A hospital and a longtime friend say a man who was punched while refereeing an adult-league soccer match has died.
Detroit Receiving Hospital spokesman Alton Gunn and friend and attorney Jim Acho (A’-choh) confirm that John Bieniewicz (BEN’-uh-wits) died Tuesday morning.
Livonia police say the referee was punched after indicating he would eject a player from the game on Sunday. A 36-year-old Dearborn man is charged in the attack.
Acho says a fund is being set up to help pay for his friend’s funeral and burial expenses as well as his children’s futures.
According to Acho, Bieniewicz was a dialysis technician at a children’s hospital who lived in Westland with his wife and two sons.
Bieniewicz was a soccer referee for two decades.