During a memorial match in honour of killed linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen about 55 thousand euro’s were collected for the family of the killed linesman.
Many companies and people helped voluntarily to organise a charity match between Buitenboys, Nieuwenhuizen’s club, and former Dutch internationals. “It was a fantastic evening”, says the club in a statement afterwards. Former internationals Ronald de Boer, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Ronald Koeman en Ruud van Nistelrooij were present.
Richard Nieuwenhuizen memorial match
The start of the match was special: former Manchester United goalie Edwin van der and Nieuwenhuizen’s son Mykal entered the pitch as captains. Right before the match players of both teams and the referees were carrying a banner with the text “door voetbal verenigd” (united by football, jan) before the start of the match.
Nieuwenhuizen was linesman during his son’s match and afterwards he was beaten up by players from Nieuw Sloten. He died one day later in the hospital. Read more about the Nieuwenhuizen incident in a previous blog story on DutchReferee.com.
There are eight suspects, one father and seven kids, in the Nieuwenhuizen case and they have to appear in court on 29, 30 and 31 May and 1st and 3rd of June.