Fans at Sunday's Detroit City FC game stood for a minute of silence to remember and honor a soccer referee who died this past week after being struck by a player during an adult league match in Livonia.

At the 44th minute of City's game against the Cincinnati Saints, everyone in the stands stood up holding a red card for a minute of silence. There also was a minute of silence at the beginning of the match.

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The demonstration was done in memory of 44-year-old John Bieniewicz. It is alleged a player intentionally punched Bieniewicz while objecting to being ejected from the game on June 29 at Mies Park in Livonia. A Dearborn man is charged in the attack.

The following photos are courtesy of Kelly Haapala (@KellyHaapala).

City went on to beat the Saints, 2-0.

Images: DCFC fans honor slain ref

Published On: Jul 07 2014 01:17:57 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 07 2014 01:23:18 PM EDT

Photos courtesy @KellyHaapala

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Detroit City FC fans stand for a minute of silence while holding red cards to honor a slain soccer referee. (Detroit City FC vs. Cincinnati Saints on July 6, 2014 in Detroit/@KellyHaapala).

Images: DCFC beats Saints, 2-0

Published On: Jul 07 2014 01:58:33 PM EDT
Detroit City FC beats Cincinnati Saints, 2-0

Detroit City FC defeated the Cincinnati Saints, 2-0, on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Cass Tech High School in Detroit. Photos by @KellyHaapala.

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