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Ajax cancels contract of brain-damaged ex-player

Ajax Amsterdam has cancelled the contract of Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered serious and permanent brain damage after a heart attack playing for the Dutch club in a preseason friendly in mid-2017.

Ajax has continued to pay his salary but has now formally cancelled the contract, which was due to automatically renew on July 1, the Dutch media reported yesterday. The club is in talks with Nouri’s family about a future solution for the player, who has been moved to a specially adapted room at his home after years in hospital, the daily De Telegraaf added. There has been a lengthy dispute between Ajax and Nouri’s family, who are looking for a settlement after Ajax previously admitted providing “inadequate” on-field medical treatment for Nouri, now 22, after the midfielder collapsed during the preseason friendly against German club Werder Bremen in July 2017 in Austria. Despite being revived on the pitch and airlifted to a hospital, he suffered serious and permanent brain damage. Nouri, born in Amsterdam to Moroccan parents, made 15 appearances for Ajax in his debut 2016-17 season while still a teenager.


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