— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) October 23, 2017
The 20-year Ajax star was hospitalized on July 8 after he collapsed to ground unconscious during a friendly game in Austria against Werder Bermen. Nouri experienced heart rhythm problems during the match, which caused him “permanent brain damage.”
The incident shocked his family and club, leading international footballers to show solidarity and support with the youngster.
The CEO of Ajax, former Manchester United star Edwin van der Sar, described the news as “terrible.”
“We feel enormously for his parents, siblings and other relatives,” van der Sar said. “The blow is also difficult for Ajax.”
“What terrible news. My thoughts and prayers go out to Abdelhak Nouri, his family, his friends and to Afc Ajax,” tweeted former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelroy.
“Abdelhak is such a great talent, but unfortunately we will never know how far his star would have reached had this not happened.”
Other stars of Dutch football expressed their grief over the accident and showed sympathy for Nouri’s family. Crowds of Ajax fans and the team’s footballers also gathered outside his family’s house to express sympathy to his family following his injury.