December 4, 2012

Dutch linesman bludgeoned to death

A Dutch man has died after being kicked and punched by a group of teenage football players for whom he acted as linesman in a Sunday league match. Richard Nieuwenhuizen, 41, collapsed and was taken to hospital hours after he was beaten by three players from Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten. He died on Monday.

He had been officiating for Buitenboys club, in the town of Almere, and one of his own sons had been playing. Three teenagers, aged between 15 and 16, have reportedly been arrested.
Buitenboys club chairman Marcel Oost said Mr Nieuwenhuizen, 41, officiated as linesman for the team every week. "He enjoyed doing it. He was a real football man; he was always here," he told national broadcaster NOS. 
News of his death sparked shock in sporting circles around the Netherlands. The Dutch minister for sports, Edith Schippers, said: "It is absolutely terrible that something like this can happen on a Dutch sports field". Anton Binnenmars, of the Royal Netherlands Football Association, described it as "too crazy for words that somebody involved in a sporting hobby becomes a victim of this kind of aggression".
Nieuw Sloten said it was "deeply shocked" by what had happened, and intended to ban for life the players found to be responsible, had pulled their team from the league and temporarily suspended all its operations as a club. "Violence should not be on the football fields," it said.

source: BBC


  1. The Dutch FA has cancelled all amateur matches for the coming weekend. A minute's silence will be observed in all professional matches. All players and referees will wear black armbands.

  2. I'm really shocked by this news and the fact that these young guys are just 15 or 16 years old is even worse. They klled a man for a football match, terrible.
    The violence nowadays is everywhere, we can't deny that, but at the same time we can fight against it.
    Blaming the referee is often the first step, people who have not control of their minds are easy to lose the reason, therefore we must be always alert. I wonder by the way how it was possible that nobody tried to stop these guys.

  3. Of course you are right, but unfortunately - at least in Germany - statistics show that aggression in football specially around the matches themselves and also attacks on referees in the lower leagues are rising.
    Lutz Michael Fröhlich, member of DFB's ref committee, said in a radio interview that also coaches are responsible for that. If they misbehave in the highest centre of attraction, like Bundesliga, that could lead to aggression on the basis = in amateur leagues. Instead of financial fair play, UEFA or such federations should perhaps pay more attention to effectively superseding violence out of the game.

  4. Terrible, absolutely terrible.

  5. Notthing to say...
    A human's life is more important than any game.
    Something somewhere went totally wrong!!!


  7. An interview made with Herbert Fandel concerning this incident and general issue.[showUid]=38922&tx_dfbnews_pi4[cat]=120

    (you might use a translator).


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