Footballer kicks - Dutch pensioner dies

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A 77-year-old man from Amsterdam died in hospital on Wednesday after being kicked in the stomach by an amateur football player on 3 December.

Sylvester M. last name withheld under Dutch privacy laws was shown a red card during a match between Amsterdam clubs OSV and Sporting Noord, which prompted the elderly supporter to voice his approval.M. allegedly flew into a rage and kicked the victim in the stomach.

In hospital, doctors found he had a ruptured spleen, which had to be removed. After the operation, doctors initially kept him in an artificial coma, from which they let him wake up on Monday. He unexpectedly died on Wednesday.

The Public Prosecutors’ office has extended the custody of Sylvester M. An investigation into whether the kick actually caused the victim's death is still ongoing.


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