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  • 7 December 2012, 13:01

Linesman Death: Fourth Teen Held In Holland

Dutch police have arrested a fourth teenager in connection with the beating to death of a football linesman.

The 16-year-old from Amsterdam was arrested on Thursday evening, police said. There are now two 15-year-olds and two 16-year-olds in custody.

Volunteer linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen died on Monday, a day after he was attacked during a game at the ground of Amsterdam team Nieuw Sloten.

Mr Nieuwenhuizen's own son had been playing in the game, which was held in the town of Almere.

Prosecutors said they expected to charge at least some of the teenagers with manslaughter, assault and public violence.

Mr Nieuwenhuizen's team, Buitenboys, have not announced the exact cause of his death, but Dutch TV station RTL said he had brain damage.

Mr Nieuwenhuizen left after Sunday's match and was not aware anything was wrong. He returned to his club later that night and collapsed.

"You can't believe this could happen. That kids of 15 or 16 are playing football, you come to watch and see something like that," said Buitenboys chairman Marcel Oost.

"He did it every week. He enjoyed doing it. He was a real football man - he was always here."

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in a statement he was "deeply shocked" by Mr Nieuwenhuizen's death.

Parents and other volunteers regularly referee and officiate at sports matches involving their children in The Netherlands.

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