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 what happened in the

Netherlands must not be repeated. He said the commitment of

referees in Germany ”deserves the highest recognition and

respect” and ”our special protection.”

They help oversee the nearly 1.6 million games annually in the

country, he said