A linesman has died following an assault during a match between Dutch youth sides

A Dutch linesman has died after an assault during a youth match

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Dutch youth side Buitenboys have confirmed that a linesman affiliated to the club has died after being assaulted during a match on Sunday.

Richard Nieuwenhuizen, 41, was rushed to hospital after being punched and kicked by players from opponents Nieuw-Sloten, three of whom are understood to have been arrested and taken into police custody.

A statement from the Amsterdam club read: "The board of sv Nieuw-Sloten learned with horror of the death of the linesman of Buitenboys.

"We are deeply shocked by the fact that the match on Sunday degenerated so badly, with this result.

"We express here our sympathy, firstly to the family of the deceased person. Words fail us. In addition, we also express our sympathy to the Buitenboys club and all its members.

"We will of course fully co-operate with the police investigation. We believe that those who are responsible for this act should be punished.

"We decided yesterday to take the team concerned out of the KNVB competition. Also, the persons to our knowledge responsible for this beating were immediately removed and can never become a member of our association.

"Obviously, the police are investigating the incident. We will report these persons to the KNVB once their involvement is officially determined to ensure a lifetime expulsion.

"For now we have suspended all our activities as a club. The training of all our teams for this week has been cancelled. After consultation with the KNVB, we have decided out of respect for the family of the victim that our teams will play no matches this weekend."