Footballer who killed referee with one punch sentenced to eight years in prison
A widow held up a red card as a weekend soccer player was sentenced to at least eight years in prison on Friday for a punch that killed a Detroit-area referee.
The case against Bassel Saad has put a spotlight on out-of-control recreational athletes and inspired Michigan lawmakers to consider new crimes for assaults on sports referees. Saad, 37, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, admitting he punched referee John Bieniewicz during a game last summer. Bieniewicz, 44, was preparing to call a penalty that would have ejected the auto mechanic from the game. He died two days later. Read More...