Dutch teen footballers jailed for linesman's death

Monday 17 June 2013 17.47
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Richard Nieuwenhuizen was attacked while officiating at an U-17 match
Richard Nieuwenhuizen was attacked while officiating at an U-17 match
The match was held at SC Buitenboys in Almere on 4 December 2012
The match was held at SC Buitenboys in Almere on 4 December 2012

A Dutch court has found six teenage footballers and a player's father guilty of beating an amateur linesman to death.

Richard Nieuwenhuizen, 41, was attacked by the soccer players - mostly of Moroccan origin - while he was officiating at an under-17 match at Almere, near Amsterdam last December.

Mr Nieuwenhuizen was kicked repeatedly by the youth players, who were 15 and 16 years old at the time, and the adult who had been on the sidelines.

He collapsed hours after the match and was taken to hospital where he went into a coma and died the following day.

The incident was seized upon by the anti-Muslim party of Geert Wilders who said the death was "not a football problem, but a Moroccan problem".

The adult was jailed for six years and the minors received sentences of between 12 and 24 months' youth detention.

An eighth suspect was acquitted.

The management of the team the footballers played for, Nieuw Sloten Amsterdam, said it was "deeply shocked" by what had happened and intended to ban for life any players responsible.