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Three charged over Dutch linesman death

BY: Abigail Bonsu

A judge in the Netherlands has charged three youths with manslaughter, assault and public violence in connection with the death of a linesman on Monday.

Richard Nieuwenhuizen collapsed and fell into a coma after he was attacked by three teenagers playing against his son's football team, Buitenboys.

The three have been detained for two weeks as the investigation continues.

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Two 15 year olds face up to one year in detention if convicted. A 16 year old would face a two-year sentence.

Silent march

Richard Nieuwenhuizen was attacked at the end of a junior club match on Sunday, sustaining a barrage of punches and kicks.

He got up and went home but collapsed that evening and died the following day.

The exact circumstances of the attack have yet to be established.

The Dutch Football Association has cancelled all amateur games this weekend as a mark of respect for Richard Nieuwenhuizen.

A minute's silence will be observed at professional matches. - BBC