Appie Nouri's Family Threaten Ajax With Legal Action After Not Receiving Compensation

The family of Appie Nouri have threatened to take legal action against Ajax after not receiving the necessary compensation they are owed.

Two years ago, in a pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen in Austria, Nouri collapsed on the pitch and was immediately treated by paramedics before being airlifted to hospital.

It then emerged that 'Appie', who has been with Ajax since the age of nine, had suffered serious and permanent brain damage.

Ajax acknowledged that their treatment on the field when the cardiac arrest occurred was not satisfactory but John Beer, lawyer for the Nouri family, says the Amsterdam giants are yet to pay any money.

He told Nieuwsuur that the family will take the case to court should if the situation is not resolved in six months.

Image: PA
Image: PA

It's an incredibly sad scenario that does not look good on Ajax, especially considering some of the gestures they produced for the 22-year old.

They have a tribute display to him outside the megastore at the Johan Cruyff Arena, while they also renamed their young player of the year award after him and redesigned the trophy to mark his trademark celebration.

Furthermore, Ajax dedicated their first Eredivisie title in five years to him - Nouri asked for #34 as his Ajax squad number because he wanted to win their 34th league title.

The Ajax squad sported tribute shirts to Nouri on the pitch, while his father gave an emotional speech at the today's celebrations in Amsterdam - with he and son Abderrahim lifting the trophies.

But despite all this, it seems as though the club have forgotten their one true promise in looking after his family financially.

Beer believes Nouri is aware of his situation but given he cannot communicate or engage his conversation, he remains helpless.

He added: "If you do not resuscitate someone while he has a cardiac arrest, the oxygen-rich blood does not reach the brain. If that takes a while, the brain cells die and they stop growing. The neurological situation remains the same."

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