Players, Father Convicted In Death Of Linesman

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AMSTERDAM (AP) - A Dutch court has convicted six young soccer players and the father of one of the athletes of manslaughter in the death of a volunteer linesman who was knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked after a youth match last December in a brutal attack that shocked this soccer-loving nation.

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 teenager was sentenced to 30 days of detention for assault.

The fatal attack took place Dec. 2 in the Dutch city of Almere, after the home team, Buitenboys, tied 2-2 with Nieuw Sloten, which is based in an Amsterdam neighborhood.