A linesman, Richard Nieuwenhuizen has died after being attacked and beaten by players in a Dutch youth football match.
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, announced the death Monday but not the exact cause.
Three players, whose ages range from 15 to 16, were arrested earlier Monday for alleged involvement in the beating.
Dutch sports minister Edith Schippers told national broadcaster 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.”
Police spokeswoman Leonie Bosselaar said shortly before the linesman’s death was announced that the players were still in custody.