Judge orders suspects in linesman killing detained

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Associated Press

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 6 at 12:06 PM

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch judge has ordered three young soccer players suspected of involvement in the fatal beating of a volunteer linesman to be detained for two weeks during the investigation.

The teenage youths were arraigned at a behind-closed-doors hearing on Thursday on suspicion of manslaughter, assault and public violence.

Linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen died on Monday, a day after he was punched and kicked in the head by players following a youth match in Almere outside Amsterdam involving clubs Buitenboys and Nieuw Sloten.

Nieuwenhuizen's death after officiating a match his son played in triggered a wave of public grief and soul-searching.

The country's FA has cancelled all amateur matches this weekend.

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