All Football Matches Scrapped after Linesman's Violent Death

The Dutch football association KNVB yesterday cancelled all this weekend's amateur football matches in a protest against the violent death of a linesman. A linesman who was beaten up after an amateur football match on Sunday died on Monday. Three youths aged 15 and 16 have been arrested.

Out of respect for the linesman the KNVB has cancelled all 31,000 matches except those in the two professional leagues. All players there will wear black ribbons. A minute's silence will be held before every professional game.?

The KNVB yesterday also called on all amateur clubs to open their clubhouses this weekend. It urges teams to get together and discuss the incident. (continue reading...)