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Linesman dies after attack by teenage football players

Monday 03 December 2012

The 41-year-old linesman reportedly beaten up by three boys aged 15 and 16 after a football match in Almere at the weekend has died.

Richard Nieuwenhuizen was chased and attacked by the youths from Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten after an amateur football match between the Amsterdammers and Almere club Buitenboys.

He became ill a couple of hours after the attack and was taken to hospital where he was put into an artificial coma. He was declared dead on Monday afternoon.

More arrests

According to media reports, the police have not ruled out making more arrests. The three boys currently in custody were arrested at their homes on Sunday evening.

Sports minister Edith Schippers issued a statement describing the death as 'shocking'. The death of the linesman makes the case even worse, Schippers said.

The Dutch football association is investigating the attack. It issued a statement on Monday evening saying 'it is too insane for words that someone enjoying a hobby is confronted with such aggression.'

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Readers' comments (15)

My condolences.
Lets hope those murderers spend the rest of their lives in jail.

By Makank | December 3, 2012 7:14 PM

Wat niemand zich blijkbaar afvraagt: Waarom greep niet iemand in terwijl ze hem te grazen namen?

By Willy Demacker | December 3, 2012 9:25 PM

As a U-14 coach it is sad to hear such a horrific story. I have seen the tempers of the players flare up with threats and insults coming from the mouths of these young men is not unheard of. Everything that can be done must be done to prevent this level of violence in any sport at any age. No matter the country either.

By Chris Halliday | December 4, 2012 3:13 AM

Damned shame Women's football isn't followed a bit more closely by the media - for example, by giving any attention to it whatsoever. We have brilliant women football teams in every country, there is never a whiff of coverage.

Somehow, I doubt if this violence, thuggery and aggression would follow the fans of women's teams.

Be a first, DutchNews - start reporting on women's football, please? Lots of men would be interested in watching it, after all ;)

By glenn_uk | December 4, 2012 3:46 AM

I love sport but fail to see the point in football....and with all of the moronic behaviour off pitch...this just is just another example.......

By football - whats the point? | December 4, 2012 7:33 AM

Absolutely horrible. Condolences and thoughts to the family of the linesman. The scum bags who perpetrated this need to spend a long, long time behind bars (and I don't care that they are 15 or 16 years old).

By Tony | December 4, 2012 10:49 AM

sad to say i have to agree with the comment, more and more violence from this sport is off the pitch, wheather by holigans, or by too enegernic youth, seems football is too closely related too violance,, and the tolleration of off pitch violance is no more then a spanking by athorities,,football violance is gang realated and should be treated as such, becuase it is all assoiciate with organized criminal activites!!!!!

By rob | December 4, 2012 11:54 AM

A very sad story. My condolences to the man's family. I am sure these boys never set out to kill this man but the consequences of their actions has caught up with them big time and hopefully appropriate justice will be served and the deeper lessons learned.

By Allan | December 4, 2012 12:32 PM

In the UK I have had to split kids up to stop fights on the field

By E J CROSSLAND | December 4, 2012 1:15 PM

My condolences to his family, what an absolutely awful thing to happen. No drugs, no alcohol, just rage.

By Bella | December 4, 2012 3:28 PM

This is tragic! news. ..i hope his family & close friends are given the strength to get thru this grief. ..i'm finding it difficult to make sense of the news-report., there are gaps in the info. ..it's not clear 'where' this attack happened. the report says that Mr Nieuwenhuizen was kicked & chased, but there is no mention of where this took place. ..surely, if the attack happened on the pitch or within the stadium, the thugs would have been arrested immediately. ..why were those thugs not apprehended at that moment? ..or did they hide & wait for Mr Nieuwenhuizen to leave the grounds. ..Confused!

By Eileen | December 4, 2012 8:50 PM

This is a sad occurence wsitng to happen in view of the lack of respect for anything but a favourable result by very many players and fans generally. Fair play and goodwill towards others is abandoned in favour of cheating, abuse of opponents and total disrespect by players for officials who become pressurised into a soft approach to enforcement of rules. A worthy sport is being ruined. The rot is from top to bottom, from FIFA bosses to our terraces. Why not take lessons from Rugby Union? Let's hope change is now on the way.

By Ron | December 5, 2012 12:19 AM

A very sad time for football and the families of the linesman.
I hope the longest sentence is handed out.

By Ian uk | December 5, 2012 7:42 AM

A very sad time for football and the families of the linesman.
I hope the longest sentence is handed out.

By Ian uk | December 5, 2012 8:28 AM

Aha yes, football, a modern day version of the Roman arena games, but now with big corporate money, but still with blood, Maximus, Maximus! :P

By The visitor | December 5, 2012 6:11 PM

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