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Teens face manslaughter rap for linesman death

Published on Dec 5, 2012 6:08 AM
The flag is half-mast at the clubhouse of the Dutch football club SC Buitenboys in Almere on December 4, 2012 where a linesman of the club died after he was severely beaten by teenaged players of SV Nieuw Sloten from Amsterdam following a match on Dec 2. -- PHOTO: AFP

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Three teenage footballers are facing manslaughter charges for allegedly beating a Dutch linesman to death, the public prosecutor said Tuesday, with the football-mad Netherlands reeling from the shock of the brutal killing.

Dutch professional matches are to hold a minute's silence and players will wear black armbands, while all 33,000 of this weekend's amateur matches have been cancelled after Monday's death, the Dutch football federation KNVB said.

Police have not excluded further arrests after three players with Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten were arrested for the killing of Richard Nieuwenhuizen, 41. He was taken to hospital hours after the beating that followed the final whistle in Sunday's match against neighbouring Almere's Buitenboys.

"Two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old from Amsterdam under suspicion of seriously assaulting a 41-year-old linesman of the Buitenboys from Almere will on Thursday appear before a judge at the Almere court," the prosecutor's office said.

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