In tribute to slain Dutch referee Richard Nieuwenhuizen, referees around the world will change their avatars or profile photos to the logo of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB). The tribute will be timed to coincide with a silent march in Richard’s hometown of Almere on Sunday, 9 December 2012, at 17:00 local time (16:00 UTC; 11:00 AM EST in North America).
Referees, players, coaches and supporters are encouraged to post their thoughts on this senseless tragedy during the tribute, followed by the hash tag #RESPECTforRichard.
Webmasters are encouraged to post a graphic tribute to Richard at the same start time. A suggested graphic tribute is previewed below.
Jan ter Harmsel (Europe), dutchreferee – at – gmail dot com, @dutchreferee
Mike Register (North America), mike – at – itootr dot com, @itootrdotcom