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Footballers kicked linesman to death after match

Six young footballers have been convicted of kicking to death a volunteer linesman after a game in the Netherlands.

They and the father of one of them were found guilty of manslaughter. The linesman was knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked after a the match last December.

Judges in Lelystad sentenced the 50-year-old father to six years in prison. Five teenage players were given two-year sentences in youth detention for their roles in the attack and another was sentenced to a year.

A seventh player, age 15, was sentenced to 30 days detention for assault.

The attack took place last December in the Dutch city of Almere, after the home team Buitenboys drew 2-2 with Nieuw Sloten, which is based in a mostly immigrant neighbourhood of Amsterdam.

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