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Final farewell for slain Dutch amateur linesman

Published on Dec 11, 2012 6:23 AM
Some hours before the cremation of Dutch linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen, a man looks at the flowers at his memorial site by the clubhouse of Dutch soccer club SC Buitenboys in Almere, Netherlands, on December 10, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Dutch football linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen who died a week ago after he was assaulted at the end of a youth game was cremated on Monday, Dutch media reported.

A hearse carrying Nieuwenhuizen's body arrived at a crematorium in Almere, just west of Amsterdam around 3pm (10pm Singapore time) where it drove through a guard of honour of some 400 youth players of Nieuwenhuizen's Buitenboys Club, the NOS public broadcaster said.

It showed images of young players dressed in the club's official blue and white colours, throwing red roses and applauding as the hearse with Nieuwenhuizen's body drove past.

The final farewell to Nieuwenhuizen, 41, who died after the Dec 2 beating, was closed to the general public and media.

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