FIFA president Sepp Blatter has expressed his "sadness" after hearing the news that a Dutch linesman lost his life following an assault during a youth match in Holland.
"I would like to express my sadness and distress on hearing of the death of assistant referee Richard Nieuwenhuizen," wrote Blatter. "I was deeply shocked to learn of this tragic incident.
"Football is a mirror of society and sadly, the same ills that afflict society, in this case violence, also manifest themselves in our game. Nevertheless, I remain convinced that football, through the example set by the tireless efforts of people like Mr Nieuwenhuizen, is a force for good, and we must continue use its positive example to educate people against these wrongs."
Three youth players involved in the incident have been charged with manslaughter.