Ajax Amsterdam have reached a financial agreement with the family of Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered severe and permanent brain damage after collapsing during a pre-season friendly in 2017.
The club previously acknowledged that Nouri did not receive adequate medical treatment after collapsing and accepted responsibility for it. The Dutch giant has therefore announced that it will pay Nouri’s family a sum of 7.85 million euros in damages and loss of potential future income.
This financial agreement put an end to a case that Nouri’s family had started before the arbitration committee of the Dutch football association. Ajax have been paying medical and other costs for Nouri since 2017.
“It’s good that an agreement has been reached so that we can put an end to this”, said Ajax manager Edwin van der Sar. “We all realize that this does not end the suffering of Abdelhak and his loved ones. It remains a very sad situation, that’s also how we feel here at Ajax.”he added.
Nouri, who still suffers from serious and irreparable brain damage, collapsed on July 8, 2017 during a pre-season game between his club Ajax Amsterdam and Werder Bremen in Austria.
The man nicknamed “Appie” suffered from heart disease. His collapse shocked his family, friends, teammates and club, prompting international footballers to show solidarity with the youngster and his family.
Several months into his hospital stay, Ajax fans gathered outside the Nouri family home, showing support and sympathy for the player’s family and displaying signs bearing the slogan #StayStrongAppie.
Back home in the summer of 2019, “Appie” seems to be getting better and better and even woke up after more than 2 years in a coma.
The footballer was one of the most talented young players in the Netherlands. He started his career in 2005 at the age of 7 and played for the Dutch Under-15, 16, 17, 18 and 19-year-old teams.
The club gave his name to a trophy which is awarded each year to the most talented player in the Ajax academy and the first team retired the No.34 shirt which Nouri wore.