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Fourth teenager arrested in football linesman death investigation

Friday 07 December 2012

Amsterdam police have arrested a fourth boy in their investigation into the death of an amateur football linesman, who was attacked by players after a match on Sunday.

The boy is 16 and comes from Amsterdam. More arrests have not been ruled out, police say. Three boys, aged 15, 15 and 16 were arrested on Monday morning and remanded in custody for a further 14 days by judges on Thursday.

The 41-year-old linesman collapsed several hours after being attacked after a game between the B1 of Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten and the B3 of Almere side Buitenboys. He died in hospital on Monday.

Police are appealing for more eyewitnesses to come forward and for people with photographs to hand them over. The Telegraaf newspaper published a photograph on its front page on Monday which it says shows Richard Nieuwenhuizen being kicked as others look on.


Meanwhile, the Volkskrant newspaper is carrying an article asking if the youths who are allegedly responsible for the attack are 'boys or Moroccans'.

There has been no official mention of the suspects' ethnicity, who are described by the public prosecution department as Dutch, the paper points out.

Football club Nieuw Sloten is a mixed club, and about half its members have an ethnic minority background, the Parool reported on Thursday.


RTL news chief Pieter Klein told the paper his reporters had produced an in-depth report on the case 'but do not say the team is largely from an ethnic minority'. 'After all, what does that actually mean?' Klein is quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Achmed Baadoud, chairman of Amsterdam borough council Nieuw West, told free newspaper Metro that bad parenting is to blame for the violence in amateur football.

'Many parents tell me they were hit at home and they don't know how to punish their own children,' Baadoud told the paper. He wants the Dutch football organisation to help referees and linesmen deal with aggression while at the same time find ways to help parents deal with their teenage offspring.


Former Dutch international Johan Cruijff told Nos television parents are largely to blame for football-related violence.

‘If you look at the way some parents behave during matches for children aged six to 11, it is a complete scandal,’ Cruijff said. ‘You need to start by instilling standards, and removing parents [who cause trouble],’ he said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

How many people witnessed the actual assault? How many people took photographs or made videos with their mobile phones? Why was the police not called in earlier? If some or all of these witnesses had interfered together the fight would have been stopped and the man's death never occurred! It is unconceivable that people just stand by watching a man being beaten to death by a handful of teenagers! And I don't give a damn if these teenagers are an ethnic minority or not. They should have been stopped right then and right there.

By dr. Frankenstein | 7 December 2012 2:21 PM

'boys or Moroccans' Wow! Holland has a black eye.
Responsible coaches practice and teach respect for referees and linesmen to their players.
Why do so few parents not read books about parenting?

By Puck | 7 December 2012 2:22 PM

I agree with Baadoud and Cruijff. But it's not just a football issue.

I've seen parents get red cards while watching kids playing hockey because of their screaming and swearing at the referee. I've seen teenage boys threatening hockey refs and headbutting each other when they thought no-one was looking.

There's too much emphasis on winning.

By Shirley | 7 December 2012 3:18 PM

So sad this hs turned into a race issue.

By jason buttle | 7 December 2012 4:30 PM

No surprise that so many people stood by and watched, recorded, etc. That is the unfortunate reality of Human Behaviour.

Also no surprise is the fact that PARENTS are a very big problem in any organized sports program. I was a coach for a youth ice hockey program in America for 5-8 year old players. I resigned after two seasons due to extremely poor behaviour of the parents. It was scary and embarrassing the way these parents (approximately 40% of them) acted out in public.

In Holland it seems many children are free to roam streets and raise hell with little or no consequences. Here in Alphen a/d Rijn it's very obvious parents are not monitoring their kids' behaviour.

By Kevin L. | 8 December 2012 1:13 PM

Keep up the good work with mainstream media, label everything you can to get the correct opinion! :P

By The brass monkey visitor | 8 December 2012 9:18 PM

Jason, why are you so sad this is turning into a race issue? This is exactly what it is! If the press had the courage to confirm that these criminals are actually Moroccan, it says a lot about their mentality and background, and serves as yet another condemnation of Holland's out-of-control immigration policy over the past 50 years. It is a race issue, because generation after generation of immigrants refuse to accept norms of civilised behaviour.

By Tony | 9 December 2012 5:45 AM

'If the press had the courage to confirm these "criminals" are actually Motoccan'.... mate, I apologize but you're acting dizzy. Where you actually at the game ? Do you know for a fact those youngsters are in fact Moroccan and not Turkish, or just plain Dutch ? That said, please explain to me how generation after generation of immigrants refuse to accept 'norms of a civilized behavior' ? What does that even mean ? You seem like the kind who would have sat in the crowd idly watching that man get assaulted yet doing nothing about it.

By master p | 9 December 2012 3:11 PM

@Tony: Are you sure you haven't seen a white blond blue eyed dutchman be a hooligan? Project X Haren was organised by Moroccans?

By Neo | 9 December 2012 9:27 PM

Wow Jason. Clearly you assume that the children are from a non-white background, despite no information to support that. And you assume that it is relevant. Why because you are racist. It is not as if there have never been badly behaved white kids in Dutch history. Just take a look at the comments on this website, and you'll see that violent rhetoric and authoritarianism is just below the surface for a lot of people.

By Peter Noordijk | 9 December 2012 11:10 PM

@Peter - if you read the article above you will see that a Dutch Newspaper has printed an article raising the issue of race.

By Roy | 10 December 2012 9:22 AM


and kids involved in project x Haren came from Planet Mars.

By R | 10 December 2012 1:48 PM

One person was being beaten to death(finally) by some persons, when there were many onlookers nearby. They watch and take photographs but do not have the courage to stop the misdeed. The root cause is not any ethnicity or any parent not taking care of the children, but the out come of the present days's education. Is there any education in the school for they children to show kindness to others human? Kindness and patience are virtues. These are now forgotten.

By Sirajur Rahman | 10 December 2012 1:59 PM

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
― Edmund Burke

By Slacker | 10 December 2012 4:39 PM

I never will understand why the people watching this did absolutely NOTHING to stop it - nothing.

By B | 10 December 2012 4:40 PM

What can I say Tony...selective prejudiced memory. The dark skinned teenager who was shot by Police just a few weeks ago, did not even stir anything within the media..
In fact some people are blaming the dead boy for being killed...
What a f***k** world we live in...

By Saladin | 11 December 2012 3:09 PM

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