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Three Dutch teens charged in beating


February 19. 2013 8:38PM
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Richard Nieuwenhuizen was doing what he loved: Watching his son play football and helping out his local club by running the touchline as a volunteer linesman.


On Monday, the 41-year-old father's passion for football cost him his life.


Prosecutors announced Tuesday they are charging three players, two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old, with manslaughter, assault and public violence for alleged involvement in a vicious attack on Nieuwenhuizen after a youth match between two local clubs, Buitenboys and Nieuw Sloten. The players, whose identities have not been released, will be arraigned Thursday at a closed-door hearing.


Prosecutors have released no details of a possible motive and Buitenboys club chairman Marcel Oost said the reason for the attack was not certain.


We still don't have a clear picture yet, prosecution spokeswoman Brigit Haan told The Associated Press.


The deadly assault sent shock waves through the football-mad Netherlands, with the sports minister, football association and coach of the country's most storied club, Ajax, expressing disbelief and discontent.


The Royal Netherlands Football Association on Tuesday said it was canceling all amateur football matches for the coming weekend as a mark of respect for Nieuwenhuizen. Professional matches will go ahead, but players and officials will wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence before kickoff.


The association said about 33,000 matches were planned for the weekend, national broadcaster NOS reported.


The attack hit at one of the foundations of Dutch youth sport — the participation of parents.


It is unbelievable that something like this could happen on a football pitch, said Bert van Oostveen, the association's director of professional football. These are the volunteers on which our sport is built, without them we cannot go on.


On any given weekend, at thousands of sports grounds across the Netherlands, parents are the engine that powers youth sport. They volunteer for everything from brewing tea to marking out lines on fields and wielding whistles and flags as referees and linesmen.


In the overwhelming majority of matches, players and parents enjoy the sport and then have a drink together in the clubhouse.


But sometimes frustrations boil over into violence after the final whistle.


Amsterdam alderman Eric van der Burg, whose portfolio in the city covers sports, said the team from Nieuw Sloten had been in trouble twice before, once for verbally abusing a referee and once when a player got into a fight with a spectator.




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