Dutch police arrest 4th suspect in linesman attack

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Associated Press

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 7 at 8:04 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police have arrested a fourth young soccer player suspected of involvement in a brutal beating that left a volunteer linesman dead after a youth match last weekend.

Prosecutor Brigit Haan says police arrested a 16-year-old boy Thursday night on suspicion of involvement in the attack.

The latest arrest comes on the eve of a weekend in which all amateur matches have been canceled nationwide as a mark of respect for 41-year-old Richard Nieuwenhuizen, who was assaulted Sunday after officiating a match his son was playing in between Almere club Buitenboys and Nieuw Sloten of Amsterdam. He died a day later with his family surrounding his hospital bed.

Three other Nieuw Sloten players were arrested Monday and are being held on suspicion of manslaughter, assault and public violence.

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