Dutch soccer games canceled in tribute to slain linesman

    A volunteer soccer official (file photo) was allegedly beaten to death by teenage players last Sunday.

    Story highlights

    • All amateur games are canceled this weekend, the Dutch football association says
    • A minute's silence will be held before professional games in tribute to the linesman
    • Three teenagers have been charged in the death of the linesman
    • A Dutch newspaper ad says, "Without respect, no football"
    Amateur football games across the Netherlands have been canceled this weekend in tribute to a volunteer soccer official whose beating death allegedly by teenage players has shocked the country.
    A minute's silence also will be observed before all professional games this weekend, the Dutch Football Association, KNVB, said in a statement.
    Players and match officials taking part in those games will wear black armbands, it said.
    KNVB also has taken out large ads in newspapers with the message, "Without respect, no football."
    The ads say that respect is "more than a word" and calls on people to show that they are against violence.
    The cancellation affects 33,000 amateur games that would have been played over the weekend, according to Dutch public media.