Ajax fans turn out in honour of Abdelhak Nouri

Ajax Amsterdam fans gathered in their hundreds to stage an emotional rally outside the family home of stricken player Abdelhak Nouri on Saturday.

Tributes have been pouring in for the talented 20-year-old midfielder, who collapsed on the field during a game in Austria a week ago.

On Friday, Ajax revealed that Nouri had suffered “serious and permanent brain damage”.

The diminutive Nouri, known by fans as Appie, was transferred to an Amsterdam hospital for further treatment.

On Saturday, fans gathered outside his parents’ home in the Geuzenveld district of Amsterdam, applauding, singing and chanting “Appie, Appie”.

There were some very emotional scenes, with Nouri’s grieving father at one point joining the fans.

It was revealed that Nouri suffered cardiac arrhythmias – heart rhythm problems – during the game against German team Werder Bremen.

Emergency treatment was attempted on the pitch before he was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Innsbruck.

But all the efforts proved to be in vain, as Nouri could not be prevented from suffering serious damage as a result of a lack of oxygen to the brain.

His condition is irreversible.

Abdelhak Nouri

Dutch media reported on the shocking news, with De Telegraaf saying “It doesn’t get more bitter than this” and that a player who once brought a smile to everyone’s face now had become a source of “dismay and sadness”.

Nouri made his debut for Ajax last September and was seen as a real prospect for the future. He played in 15 league and cup games, scoring one goal during a cup tie.