Dutch soccer official dies after being beaten up by teenage players post match
A Dutch soccer official has died after being beaten up by a group of teenage players following a match the previous day.
Assistant referee Richard Nieuwenhuizen was pronounced dead in the hospital of Nieuwegein, according to his club Buitenboys.
The 41-year-old had been a linesman in an amateur game between Buitenboys and Amsterdam-based Nieuwe Sloten in the city of Almere, CNN reports.
According to the report, Nieuwenhuizen was attacked after the match by three Nieuwe Sloten players, who were arrested at their homes in Amsterdam after the incident took place.
"The KNVB is deeply shocked ... After intervention of the police and the arrival of an ambulance, he was in critical condition and transported to a hospital. There he died Monday afternoon," the website of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) was reported as saying.
Its director of amateur football, Anton Binnenmars, added: "Let me, on behalf of the entire KNVB and all its members, offer my sympathy to the families and friends of the victim. It is outrageous that someone enjoying a hobby can be victim of such aggression."
Nieuwe Sloten issued a statement on its website saying the club would help with the police investigation, and that anyone involved in the attack would be expelled, the report said.