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Saturday 19 April 2014

Fourth arrest over linesman death

A Dutch linesman died after being assaulted during a football match his son was playing in

Dutch police have arrested a fourth young footballer suspected of involvement in a brutal beating that left a volunteer linesman dead after a youth match last weekend.

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy on Thursday night on suspicion of involvement in the attack, prosecutor Brigit Haan said.

The latest arrest comes on the eve of a weekend in which all amateur matches have been cancelled nationwide as a mark of respect for 41-year-old Richard Nieuwenhuizen, who was assaulted on Sunday after officiating a match his son was playing in between Almere club Buitenboys and Nieuw Sloten of Amsterdam. He died a day later with his family surrounding his hospital bed.

Three other Nieuw Sloten players were arrested on Monday and are being held on suspicion of manslaughter, assault and public violence.

Press Association

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