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Dutch Linesman Death: Teens To Be Charged
Dutch prosecutors say they will charge three teenagers with manslaughter for allegedly taking part in an attack on a linesman over a youth football match.
Volunteer linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen died in hospital on Monday, a day after he was beaten and kicked by players from 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 the three males, two 15 and one 16, would be arraigned on Thursday on charges of manslaughter, assault and public violence. Their identities were not released.
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.
Dutch sports minister Edith Schippers said: "It is absolutely terrible that something like this can happen on a Dutch sports field."
Parents and other volunteers regularly referee and officiate at sports matches involving their children in The Netherlands, where youth football and hockey is popular and well organised.
Anton Binnenmars, of the Royal Netherlands Football Association, said: "It is too crazy for words that somebody involved in a sporting hobby becomes a victim of this kind of aggression."
Police said they would not rule out arresting more suspects.
Nieuw Sloten said in a statement on their website they had banned the players involved and pulled their team out of the league. Such incidents "do not belong on a football field", the statement added.
The Dutch FA said all Nieuw Sloten's matches next weekend had been cancelled at the club's request.
The attack in Almere was even discussed at a news conference in Spain on the eve of Ajax's Champions League match against Real Madrid.
"You can't imagine it happening," said Ajax coach Frank de Boer. "That boys of 15, 16 years short circuit like that. You wonder about the parenting ... this is too ridiculous for words."
The death is almost exactly a year since a Dutch amateur footballer fatally kicked a 77-year-old supporter following a match.
what do you think?
Disgusting . A great shame that the game has been brought to this !!!!!! Rip xxx
What is this country coming to
It was not in this country it was in the Netherlands but it really could happen here because we have removed all discipline for the youth here
Football and Religion ! - They're all raving nuts!
Not that that's a sweeping generalisation or anything?! I suppose dancers are all g*y and scientists are all nerds too?
It seems that young thugs are ever more on the increase in counties of tolerance the more tolerate the country the worse the problem.We can all thank the do gooders of the world for the replacement of discipline for hug a tree .Lower the age of responsibly to Eight and hold parents as equaly being responsible for their brats
Yer Holland is out of control! ???
And " Punish " miscreants
They smoke too much weed. I went to Amsterdam as a teenager with some mates its sold on street corners like newspapers. And yes before you ask we went to that part of the city as well...some even had menus and prices displayed
Yes, Robert, cause weed is notorious for making people violent isn't it?!?
Yes, EB, it very often does ! It doesn't by any means have a relaxing effect on everyone, far from it .
El Bubsio It effects the brains chemistry normally acting as a depressent but it can have the reverse effect as well.
How could this of happened?? We've all disagreed with a decision that a referee/linesman has made possibly shouted and booed as a spectator. What were the other players doing as this was happening Watching? ? How come the great game of football of come to this. R.I.P
The Dutch courts should make an example of them , lock them up and throw away the key .
no refs no football....we all know some times the ref and the linesman can get it wrong and when its amatuer football even more so..but when the idiot teenagers of today watch the pros mobing the ref on t.v. this looks o.k to them.and the way society protects children from being punished when they do wrong,,does not help..,,and you can tell all children they are going to jail they all know now that jail is 1 star below a high class resort...poor linesman ,,but a lot of the blame must go to the dogooders who have no kids,, but say we cant hit them when they do wrong
Thugs.and people call our players hooligans
As a qualified referee I can say that abuse towards match officials is on the increase. This is utterly shocking. The charge will be one of manslaughter but after they are released they must never ever be allowed near a football pitch or stadium again
Dont envy you Tim. As a ref I bet you've had some shall we say harsh conversations with players possibly even sent players off in these circumstances but what happened here to make players attack the linesman/assistant ref is beyond belief
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Awful should lock them up and throw away the key - it's just a game
I agree with these comments. Just waiting for the response from the ''they were only children'' mindset.