Youths face manslaughter charges for kicking linesman to death
Tuesday 04 December 2012
Three teenagers who punched and kicked a linesman after an amateur league match on Sunday are being held on manslaughter and public violence charges, the public prosecution department said on Tuesday.
Richard Nieuwenhuizen was chased and attacked by the youths from Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten after a match between the Amsterdammers and Almere club Buitenboys. He died of his injuries in hospital on Monday.
According to media reports, the police have not ruled out making more arrests. The three boys, aged 15, 15 and 16, were arrested at their homes on Sunday evening. They will appear in court on Thursday.
The judge will then decide if they should be remanded in custody for a further period. The youths have access to their lawyers but no other contact with the outside world, Nos television said.
The Dutch football association on Tuesday afternoon cancelled all this weekend's amateur football matches out of respect for the dead linesman and said there will be a minute's silence before every professional game.
According to media reports, the Nieuw Sloten club has been warned before about aggressive behaviour, particularly in relation to its B1 youth team.
Supporters of the dead man are planning a memorial march in Almere on Saturday.