The Straits Times
Published on Dec 04, 2012

Dutch linesman clinically dead after post-match beating


THE HAGUE (AFP) - A 41-year-old football linesman was pronounced clinically dead on Monday after he was severely beaten by teenaged players following a match in the Netherlands, police said.

"He is clinically dead," police spokesman Bernhard Jens told AFP. Police have arrested three 15- and 16-year-olds from visiting Amsterdam club Nieuwe Sloten for allegedly beating the linesman shortly after the final whistle in Sunday's match against Buitenboys in neighbouring city Almere.

Dutch media said the linesman had been repeatedly insulted during the match. During the post-match beating he was kicked in the head and taken to hospital later in the evening after feeling unwell, police said.

Police arrested the three youths from Amsterdam at their homes on Sunday night. They have been kicked out of their club and their team has withdrawn from this season's championship.