Players beat linesman to death

2012-12-03 19:30

The Hague - A Dutch man who was beaten and kicked by several soccer players after working as a linesman during a youth match his son was playing in died on Monday.

Richard Nieuwenhuizen collapsed and was rushed to the hospital hours after players from Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten punched and kicked him. Nieuwenhuizen's club, Buitenboys, said the 41-year-old linesman died on Monday evening but did not announce the exact cause of death.

"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," Buitenboys club chairperson Marcel Oost told national broadcaster NOS.

Three players, whose ages range from 15 to 16, were arrested earlier on Monday for alleged involvement in the beating on Sunday in the town of Almere.

Dutch Sports Minister Edith Schippers told NOS even before the news of Nieuwenhuizen's death that "it is absolutely terrible that something like this can happen on a Dutch sports field."

Anton Binnenmars of the Royal Netherlands Football Association said he was shocked by such an act at a youth league match for children aged between 15 and 16 - one of thousands that take place on pitches across this football-obsessed nation of 16 million every weekend.

"It is too crazy for words that somebody involved in a sporting hobby becomes a victim of this kind of aggression," he said in a statement.

Nieuwenhuizen had been officiating in a match in which one of his own sons was playing, NOS reported from Almere.

"He did it every week," Oost said. "He enjoyed doing it. He was a real football man; he was always here."

Parents and other volunteers regularly referee and officiate at sports matches involving their children in the Netherlands, where sports such as soccer and hockey are incredibly popular and well-organised for young players.

Police spokesperson Leonie Bosselaar said shortly before the linesman's death was announced that the players were still in custody and investigations were continuing. She added that police would not rule out arresting more suspects.

Nieuw Sloten said in a statement on its website it has banned the players involved and pulled their team out of the league.

The statement said such incidents "do not belong on a football field."

Both clubs canceled all training scheduled for Monday.

The Dutch FA said all 42 of Nieuw Sloten's matches for next weekend had been cancelled at the club's request.

The death came almost exactly a year after a Dutch amateur footballer fatally kicked a 77-year-old supporter following a match.

Amsterdam District Court last week sentenced the player, identified only as Silvester M in line with Dutch privacy law, to three years imprisonment for kicking the supporter so hard in the chest that his spleen ruptured. He died of his injuries a month later.

The attack in Almere was even discussed at a news conference in Spain on the eve of Ajax's Champions League match against Real Madrid.

"You can't imagine it happening," said Ajax coach Frank de Boer. "That boys of 15, 16 years short circuit like that. You wonder about the parenting.

"Something has to be done, because this is too ridiculous for words."


  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-12-03 19:35


      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-03 19:45

      No murderers!

      sheamus.drager - 2012-12-03 20:56

      Spare the rod... It is going to get worse, but keep going liberals. At a point you are so going to reap what you have sowed.

      Fishlus - 2012-12-03 22:08

      Maybe they are SA citizens by default

      nkosinathi.maseko.39 - 2012-12-04 06:59

      Nothing unusual about these people....... Barbarians!!!

      johan.mostert.967 - 2012-12-04 07:30

      Soccer fans...

      Fishlus - 2012-12-04 08:49

      And now the Dutchman know how it feels to be a South African with our casual attitude to mindless teen violence

      marc.potgieter2 - 2012-12-04 09:14

      @ Johan... not soccer fans... THUGS who play the game... Soccer players.

      jco.vanrooyen - 2012-12-05 00:44

      And people say that soccer is a gentleman sport! This is a sad day for Dutch soccer.

  • marz.smith - 2012-12-03 19:40

    Hooligans !

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-12-03 19:43

    And we thought we are doing it wrong in SA.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-12-03 19:49


  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-12-03 19:51

    This is unacceptable. I always say there is a difference between a sportfield and a bottle store.In a bottle store people do as they please.Lack of discipline in modern football is a serious concern. When you go and watch football you dont know whether you will go back home or you will die.

      christi.roestorff - 2012-12-03 20:01

      Don't want to go to your bottle store!

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-12-04 09:01

      in a township tavern people do as they please, and you can only die of stress if you support Sundowns

      marc.potgieter2 - 2012-12-04 09:17

      Hey...Vambozha... I am a wit ou and I support Sundowns. okay we having a bad season, but we will come back. Up the Downs

  • manqoba.zulu.54 - 2012-12-03 20:27

    Something wrong about this Netherlands people

      tobie.schalkwyk.7 - 2012-12-04 07:06

      Yep ... a rape every 16 seconds in SA!

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-04 15:52

      Europe kids are becoming killers that kill at a drop of a hat. Especially British kids.It is a serious concern in those countries. Not to say we dont have problems of our own.

  • rude.awakning - 2012-12-03 22:02

    sadly a person died at an underaged soccer game! Condolences to his loved ones! Now when its all over....line them up and kick them in the balls!

  • rude.awakning - 2012-12-03 22:09

    its by time they draw the line!

  • delish7564 - 2012-12-03 22:32

    Thugs! The other question though is where were the other adults? Why did nobody do anything to stop this appalling act? Condolences to this man's family :(

  • Bafana - 2012-12-03 22:53

    no wonder afrikaners in this country behave the way they do. this violent gene comes all the way from their ancestors who would oppress others with impunity and see nothing wrong with that. look at how farm workers are treated and enslaved by these allegedly " civilized and educated people"

      james.s.bishop.7 - 2012-12-04 01:03

      You see Malaza we dutch - i'm half Dutch, half english - We people have that warrior spirit - we have game that would rattle your feathers buddy.

      james.s.bishop.7 - 2012-12-04 01:03

      Ps: I thumbed up your comment, because i felt sorry for you...

      wdvilliers - 2012-12-04 05:46

      Same holds true for your side of the line seeing that you want to draw lines...fool

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-04 06:23

      BOY (English for bafana) who set the salary scales for farm workers and who forced that lot to be farm workers NASWER Your Government and NOBODY BUT THEMSELVES

      rude.awakning - 2012-12-04 06:50

      bafana malema, you and your brother julius would blame the dutch for your stupidity,neh! Grootbek en alles!

      tobie.schalkwyk.7 - 2012-12-04 07:08

      ... says someone who's people are known to kill policemen with pangas and set tyres alight with petrol around their enemies' necks...

      tobie.schalkwyk.7 - 2012-12-04 07:11

      Go visit a farm one day and see the relationship between farmers and workers for yourself. These strikes are just an union driven action fueled by hooligans whom are good for nothing!

      zamani.ndlovu.5203 - 2012-12-04 07:30

      Afrikanners ar like pitbull dogs.they ar aggressive 4 no reasons.nw they try 2 play the victim game.their attitude z pathetic

      johan.mostert.967 - 2012-12-04 07:32

      @ bafana.malaza.5 - rich coming from a baby raper. Pssst, it don't cure Aids!

      Fishlus - 2012-12-04 08:56

      It has been proven medically that black africans have a higher testosterone level than europeans so it stands to reason that if any one is genetically predisposed to violence it would be a black man Look at the level of violence that you commit against your own brothers before you come out with a less than imaginative comment

      tobie.schalkwyk.7 - 2012-12-04 09:03

      "Afrikanners ar like pitbull dogs.they ar aggressive 4 no reasons.nw they try 2 play the victim game.their attitude z pathetic" ... says another one who's people are known to kill policemen with pangas and set tyres alight with petrol around their enemies' necks...

      peejay.maclane - 2012-12-04 11:46

      Bafana, ur an idiot n deserve a place in the Zoo. A person lost his life while his son watched as he was assaulted We need God's guidance n all u can think is Race n Hate? Moron

      derek.edwards.75491 - 2012-12-04 23:16

      bafana you really should do your home work before you make comments. The boys are black this is a club where the majority of members are blacks. this club has a reputation of violence and aggression towards opposition players supporters and officials. Weeks before this incident this club had been cautioned by the football governing body for a recent violent incident and have had other player banned for attacking a spectator. So by your logic you should change the word "Afrikaners" to "blacks"

      msika.gama.5 - 2012-12-05 11:11

      I agree!! You should see them in rugby matches, or late Friday nights when driving away from night clubs. They are sooo agressive.

  • kgotlaetsile.mophuti - 2012-12-03 23:02

    I wonder if those boys are black dutches!just asking

      sango.jika - 2012-12-04 07:23

      what are u trying to say exactly?

      peejay.maclane - 2012-12-04 11:40

      Kgotlaetsile, ur an idiot n u deserve a place the zoo What does color has to do with this tragic event A person lost his life n all u can think of is color? Moron

      derek.edwards.75491 - 2012-12-05 09:44

      Yes kgotlaetsile The boys are black this is a club where the majority of members are blacks. this club has a reputation of violence and aggression towards opposition players supporters and officials. Weeks before this incident this club had been cautioned by the football governing body for a recent violent incident and have had other player banned for attacking a spectator.

      msika.gama.5 - 2012-12-05 11:13

      Dutch-blacks, yes!!

  • stephanie.sutherland41 - 2012-12-03 23:20

    Thats what happens when you spare the rod folks. I see that kind of behaviour on sport fields regularly here in Australia. Raise your children to respect one another, and respect adults authority, that way these things are preventable. A womens team was thrown out of a comp for the season for the same behaviour here, and it all comes down to parenting and self discipline.

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-12-03 23:27

    This is what happens when children are not disciplined from an early age. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-12-04 07:19

    The dutch are seeing to much SA violence on the news and it is now affecting them!

  • mpho.c.moreki - 2012-12-04 07:28

    That makes sense to me, it is the same spirit that afrikaaners have in this country

      Fishlus - 2012-12-04 15:27

      My Freind, were you dropped on your head at birth? If the afrikaaners were like this there would be far less blacks and far more whites in this country Afrikaaners work hard and play hard not dirty

  • magogodale.mulalo1 - 2012-12-04 07:30

    Police must play dy role...

  • StreetRacer911 - 2012-12-04 07:31

    Real tragic. Something you expect in SA, not Netherlands

      Fishlus - 2012-12-04 08:51

      and this was the point of my sacasm that has received so many thumbs down

      peejay.maclane - 2012-12-04 11:34

      Why SA out of all places? May you must migrate to Netherlands where u can drag our beautiful country in the mud SA is the best place to stay We don't need ppl like u expecting the worst form our country

  • Billy - 2012-12-04 07:55


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  • rob.thompsett.9 - 2012-12-04 09:25

    Typical soccer hooligans

  • nic.j.rensburg - 2012-12-04 10:36

    wtf...something like this happens in the netherlans and we have a racial fight in SA. What a sad situation!You guys are pathetic. doesnt matter what nation or color these kids are its wrong either way.

      john.tau.1840 - 2012-12-05 05:02

      nic.j.rensburg, do yourself a favour by not repsponding to them. These fools will beat you to their game.

  • MrThreeZeroFive - 2012-12-04 10:39

    I wonder what Neeskens would have done to the linesman who wrongly awarded a goal that was the last nail in his coffin?...#jas thinkin

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-04 15:42

      Sundowns fans didn't even throw anything at the linesman after a clear blunder that costs us a final. But check what kids in Netherlands are capable of.

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-12-04 13:59

    Unsporting behaviour

  • Caleb - 2012-12-04 21:45


  • msika.gama.5 - 2012-12-05 11:06

    Send them to the Hague.

  • isiaka.yakubu.7 - 2012-12-10 20:39

    Fifa hav to do something so dat others will learn a lesson

  • Sab Ko - 2013-05-29 06:00

    Typical nigras- cannot control their base Neanderthal instincts. Look at what they did in London recently. Whites should have sent them all back to their desert cesspools once slavery was abolished.

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