Philippe Sandler Asked For The No.34 Shirt At Manchester City In Tribute To Appie Nouri
Philippe Sandler debuted for Manchester City against Rotherham at the Etihad wearing the No.34 shirt in tribute to his former Ajax teammate Appie Nouri.
The youngster, who had been with Ajax since he was nine, collapsed in a pre-season friendly with Werder Bremen in July 2017 and was immediately treated by paramedics before being airlifted to hospital.
It was then revealed that 'Appie' had serious and permanent brain damage - his career over before it had really even begun.
But those who played with him will never, ever forget him. Sandler, who spent time with Nouri as a youngster in the Ajax youth academy, asked for #34 upon signing for City from PEC Zwolle as he wanted to honour him.
He entered the fray as a second half substitute in the 7-0 FA Cup third round thrashing of Rotherham yesterday, with Nouri's number on the back of his shirt and on his shorts.
"Abdelhak Nouri is by far the most gifted player that I have ever played with."- Mohamed Moallim (@iammoallim) January 6, 2019
Philippe Sandler made his long-awaited Manchester City debut today. Wears the No. 34 shirt in honour of him pic.twitter.com/WnN45a6GqJ
Philippe Sandler made his debut for Manchester City today, playing with number 34 as a homage to Ajax midfielder Nouri.- FourFourTweet (@FourFourTweet) January 6, 2019
"I made my debut with #34. I asked for it immediately when I arrived. It is a tribute to Appie, who I played with in the Ajax Youth academy for years." pic.twitter.com/rVbWOb4vHG
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New City signing Philippe Sandler is one of several ex-Ajax youngsters to take the number 34 shirt at their clubs in tribute to Abdelhak 'Appie' Nouri, who has permanent brain damage.- City Watch (@City_Watch) August 14, 2018
Justin Kluivert (Roma) and Amin Younes (Napoli) have done the same. pic.twitter.com/hzgCbDiSlF
Philippe Sandler after his debut for City: "I made my debut with #34. I asked for it immediately when I arrived. It is a tribute to Appie, who I played with in the Ajax Youth for years. It is great that I can sympathize with him and his family in this way." :heart::three::four:#AN34 [AD] pic.twitter.com/D31ME5uHEu- Ajax Youth Academy (@AjaxYA) January 6, 2019
Roma's Justin Kluivert, Napoli's Amin Younes and Fiorentina's Kevin Dijks are also paying tribute to their friend by wearing his number for their clubs.
Justin Kluivert has announced he will wear the No. 34 shirt next season - in tribute to his friend and former teammate Abdelhak Nouri :yellow_heart::pray::heart:#ASRoma #StayStrongAppie pic.twitter.com/drRMn0nTpF- AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) July 6, 2018
The former also held up Nouri's shirt when he scored his first Champions League goal for Roma in October at the Stadio Olimpico.
Justin Kluivert has scored his first-ever Champions League goal :raised_hands:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 2, 2018
He celebrated by paying tribute to former Ajax teammate Abdelhak Nouri :heart: pic.twitter.com/3liFmhA1rK
Promisingly, Abderrahim Nouri, the player's brother, revealed small progress with his situation to the point there has been small communication between him and his family back in August.
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