Amateur league matches cancelled as Dutch football mourns the passing of assaulted linesman

Ajax coach Frank De Boer condemns the attack as it is announced that there will be a minute's silence at every professional match this weekend
The Royal Netherlands Football Association (RNVB) have announced that all amateur football matches will be postponed this weekend after the death of linesman Richard Neuwenhuizen after a youth match on Sunday.

The Buitenboys volunteer died of injuries sustained after an attack from three teenagers from the club Nieuw Sloten, and the decision has been made to cancel all lower-league fixtures as a mark of respect.

Furthermore, there will be a minute's silence during matches in Eredivisie and the Jupiler League, while players and officials will wear black armbands as the 41-year-old is remembered across the country.

A number of footballing personalities have spoken about the incident, with Ajax coach Frank De Boer questioning the upbringing of the players involved.

"You can't imagine it happening, that boys of 15 or 16 can short-circuit like that. You wonder about the parenting," he told a press conference

"Something has to be done, because this is too ridiculous for words."

Anton Binnenmars of the RNVB released a statement that condemned the attack and questioned why this would happen to someone who has given up their time for the good of the game.

"It is too crazy for words that somebody involved in a sporting hobby becomes a victim of this kind of aggression," it read.

The chairman of Buitenboys, Marcel Oost, explained that Neuwenhuizen regularly helped out with the officiating of matches and always enjoyed helping out at the club.

"You can't believe this could happen. Kids of 15 or 16 are playing football, you come to watch, and see something like that," he told NOS.

"He did it every week. He enjoyed doing it. He was a real football man - he was always here."