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This undated photo provided by the Livonia Police Department shows Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad. Saad, a Detroit-area soccer player who police say critically injured a referee by punching him during a match Sunday June 29, 2014, has surrendered to face a felony assault charge. (AP Photo/Livonia Police Department)

DETROIT (AP) — The medical examiner's office says the death of a referee who was punched at a Detroit-area soccer match was a homicide.

According to Wayne County medical examiner's spokeswoman Mary Mazur, an autopsy on John Bieniewicz (BEN'-uh-wits) was conducted Thursday.

It found that he died of blunt force trauma to the neck.

Livonia police say a 36-year-old Dearborn man punched Bieniewicz during an adult-league game Sunday. Bieniewicz died Tuesday.

Prosecutors have charged Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad of Dearborn with assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

The county prosecutor's office says the charges will be reviewed and possibly amended when it has the necessary documentation.

Defense Brian Berry lawyer says his client is innocent.



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