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Judge orders continued detention of 3 youth footballers suspected in linesman's death

12/06/2012 11:31 EST | Updated 02/05/2013 05:12 EST
AMSTERDAM - A Dutch judge has ordered three young footballers suspected of involvement in the fatal beating of a volunteer linesman to be detained for two weeks while investigations continue.

The youths, two aged 15 and the other 16, 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 match in Almere just outside Amsterdam involving youth teams from 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 in the football-mad Netherlands.

The country's FA has cancelled all amateur matches this weekend as a mark of respect.

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