Ajax reach financial settlement with Abdelhak Nouri's family

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Ajax reach £6.4m financial settlement with Abdelhak Nouri’s family after the Dutch giants accepted responsibility for talented starlet’s severe and permanent brain damage suffered after collapsing in 2017 pre-season friendly

  • Ajax have reached a £6.4m financial settlement with Abdelhak Nouri’s family 
  • The talented starlet suffered permanent and severe brain damage in 2017 
  • The Dutch club accepted responsibility for the midfielder’s collapse
  • Club chief Edwin van der Sar said: ‘It remains a very sad situation’  


Ajax has reached a financial settlement with the family of talented midfielder Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered severe and permanent brain damage after collapsing during a preseason friendly in 2017.

The club previously acknowledged that Nouri did not get adequate medical attention after he collapsed and accepted responsibility. It announced on Monday it will pay Nouri’s family a net sum of £6.54million in damages and loss of potential future earnings.

The settlement brought to an end a case Nouri’s family began at the Dutch football association’s arbitration commission. Ajax has paid medical and other care costs for Nouri since 2017.

The family of Abdelhak Nouri have reached a £6.4m financial settlement with Dutch side Ajax

The family of Abdelhak Nouri have reached a £6.4m financial settlement with Dutch side Ajax

Nouri was considered a hugely talented midfielder

Van der Sar said it was 'good than an agreement has been reached so we can conclude this'

Nouri (L) suffered brain damage after a collapse in 2017 and Ajax chief Edwin van der Sar (R) said on Monday: ‘It remains a very sad situation’

Nouri was just 20 when he collapsed against Werder Bremen in Austria. He made his debut for Ajax in September 2016 and played 15 games for the first team.

The club gave his name to a trophy that is awarded each year to the most talented player at the Ajax academy and the first team retired the No. 34 jersey Nouri wore.

‘It is good that an agreement has been reached so that we can conclude this,’ Ajax director Edwin van der Sar said. ‘We all realize that it does not end the suffering of Abdelhak and his loved ones. It remains a very sad situation, that is how we feel here at Ajax, too.’

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