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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.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

why is that football brings out the beast in so many supporters? I presume it takes the place of war? What is the answer(s)- bring back the stocks; make the parents walk through the streets naked? close football grounds? Answers on a post card please>

By Nicolas | 4 December 2012 3:55 PM

First my condolences to the family of the linesman. This event has worldwide press and people ask why. Are drugs involved or alocpops or just aggression

By Terence Hale | 4 December 2012 6:15 PM

That news is terrible, it does not help the image of football the least bit, It made the TV news here in the UK.

By almorr | 4 December 2012 7:02 PM

As a lifelong football fan I grew up dealing with football violence.At that time, however, it was normaly limited to opposing groups of fans.
Players attacking match officials seems to be a new developement. In some sports it is forbiden for a player to touch the referee.
Stricter rules may help short term, but a major problem (imo) appears to be player education.

By Donaugh | 4 December 2012 8:31 PM

Since I first arrived ( 10 years ago )in the Netherlands the dutch society has gone downhill quickly. I remember dutch reaction to our summer riots, thinking it would never happen here. They had better wake up, this country is falling apart due to lack of effective policing and the dutch attitude of that they are better then everyone else

By roman smajkiewicz | 5 December 2012 12:46 AM

@Nicolas, it was not supporters who attacked the linesman but players which makes it even worse in my opinion.

By groverpm | 5 December 2012 8:09 AM

Only manslaughter? After the first attack it seemed very premeditated to pursue the man and beat him to death. Although with the Neanderthal mentality (no insult to Neanderthals) of these horrible goons pre-meditation was probably not an option. They need their testosterone taken down quite a few notches. If the authorities don’t come down hard on this one, it will be open season on all referees and linesmen.

By Al | 5 December 2012 8:54 AM

I've been here 9 years and feel the exact same way as guy above. Things have gone downhill here very quickly. The Dutch use the excuess "well it's better here then____" (enter country of choice). But it's all changing very quickly. I was jumpped (sucker punched back of the head) and beaten by 4 boys here in Amsterdam (and they were white FYI) and my bag stolen from me just last week!

By Kendra | 5 December 2012 9:00 AM

There is a disproportional amount of violence in football as compared to other sports. Is it because there is so much static time and little scoring that spectators get bored and frustrated and then turn to violence? I wonder.

By Quince | 5 December 2012 10:12 AM

My condolences to the family of the linesman.
Perhaps there is not enough violence on the field and fans are taking their frustrations to the streets. I say dress them up in armor and let them have at it on the pitch like American football. In today's soccer, if some gets touched by the other team, they fall on the ground and act like they are hurt. Then a few seconds later they are running around like nothing happened. This is frustrating for the fans to watch and it builds inside them.
This is not a defence for the three idiots that did this horrible crime.

By Ted | 5 December 2012 11:14 AM

the German newspaper Tagesspiegel notes a report in a Dutch newspaper.

" the attackers who have been arrested were three Moroccans, according to the “Algemeen Dagblad”. nothing else to add.

By chriss | 5 December 2012 9:36 PM

Disagree with the comment above made by chriss.
The nationality (ethnic origin?) is irrelevant. These three are nothing more than children/teens who would appear to be a product of a Dutch society 'gone bad'. Excuses should not be made. I feel that society needs to take a step back and take a long hard look at how teens (brought up / living) in the Netherlands could find it acceptable to act in this manner...
My condolences go out to the family of the linesman.

By Junior | 7 December 2012 7:32 PM

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