German federation urges respect for referees
The German Football Federation (DFB) president has sent an open
letter to all 25,641 clubs in the country urging respect for
referees after a volunteer linesman was beaten to death in the
Dutch police have arrested four players suspected of involvement
in the fatal beating after a youth match.
DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach said the news of the beating
was received ”with horror and disbelief.”
Niersbach said what happened in the Netherlands must not repeat
itself anywhere in the world. He said the commitment of referees in
Germany ”deserves the highest recognition and respect” and ”our
Without them, there would be no regulated nationwide football,
with its 1.6 million games annually, Niersbach said.
He said the DFB was determined to stand up for the referees.