Blatter 'shocked' by death

2012-12-04 14:22

The Hague - FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he is "deeply shocked" by the death of a Dutch volunteer linesman who was viciously beaten by a group of players after a youth match.

Richard Nieuwenhuizen died on Monday, a day after he was beaten and kicked by players from Amsterdam team Nieuw Sloten following their match at Buitenboys, a club in nearby Almere.

Three Nieuw Sloten players, aged from 15 to 16, have been arrested for alleged involvement in the beating. No charges have yet been filed.

Blatter says that violence is a problem in broader society that can show up on football fields.

But he adds that football "is a force for good," thanks to "the example set by the tireless efforts of people like Mr. Nieuwenhuizen."


  • jerome.kenloff - 2012-12-04 14:56

    Oops than thy say South-Africans are violent,its a shame man. Hope they go to jail,condolences to the family of the dead person.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-12-04 15:03

    Soccer is a gentle mens game played by hooligans and rugby is a hooligans sport played by gentle men.

  • okoh.clement.1 - 2012-12-04 15:09

    It's really obvious; if it were England, i would've say that maybe the late linesman had conspired with the club manager to robb out the match because England is best known for robbing fellow clubs if they knows that they are at the edge of loosing a match. Well, let God's will be done

      bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2012-12-04 16:28

      Okoh, yours is the single most asinine comment I have ever read on news24. Because of people like you there should be a compulsory IQ test before a person is allowed to post anything on a public forum. My goodness, I am surprised you can breathe without assistance.

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