Teenage footballers charged with ‘manslaughter’ over brutally ‘beating up’ Dutch soccer official to death

Sydney, Dec. 5: Three teenage footballers have been charged with ‘manslaughter’ for allegedly beating a Dutch soccer official to death, according to a report.

Assistant referee Richard Nieuwenhuizen, 41, was pronounced dead in the hospital of Nieuwegein, his club Buitenboys had earlier confirmed.

Nieuwenhuizen was reportedly attacked by three Nieuwe Sloten players, post an amateur game with Buitenboys in the city of Almere.

“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,” News.com.au quoted a statement by the prosecutor’s office, as stating.

“The suspects will appear on charges of manslaughter, assault and public violence,” it added.

The three footballers were thereafter arrested in 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.” (ANI)