London: Richard Nieuwenhuizen, the linesman who died after being beaten and kicked by youth players in Holland, had been officiating a match in which his son was playing, it has emerged after police confirmed they had arrested three teenagers.
The 41-year-old was rushed to hospital after being punched and kicked by players from the Nieuw-Sloten club.
His club, Buitenboys, announced last night on Twitter: “With great sadness we announce the death of our @Buitenboys linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen. Our thoughts are with his family.
“Our linesman Richard died at 17:30 in front of his family. This violence must stop on the pitch! ústopsenselessviolence”.Marcel Oost, the chairman of Buitenboys club, told national broadcaster:
“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.
“He was glad to be a part of this club and proud of his son. This not just a tragedy for Almere and our club, but for Dutch football in general. This can’t happen on the football field.”
According to reports in Holland, three Nieuw-Sloten players aged 15-16 were arrested and taken into police custody.
Dutch prosecutors say they will charge three youth footballers with manslaughter for allegedly taking part in a vicious attack on the linesman.
Prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday the three youths, two 15 and one 16, would be arraigned on Thursday on charges of manslaughter, assault and public violence. Their identities were not released.
The Amsterdam club have responded by banning the players involved in the incident, withdrawing from the league in which the game took place and temporarily suspending all their operations as a club.
A statement on the club’s website read: “The board of sv Nieuw-Sloten learned with horror of the death of the linesman of Buitenboys.