- press release Abdelhak Nouri
STATEMENT BY THE FAMILY OF ABDELHAK NOURI IN RESPONSE TO THE PUBLICATION BY NRC HANDELSBLAD (DUTCH DAILY)
The family of Ajax player Abdelhak Nouri has taken notice of the publication in NRC Handelsblad today. In response the family wishes to state the following:
Over the past six months, the family has heard from various doctors - mostly on an informal basis - that there may not have been an adequate response after Abdelhak collapsed on the football pitch. Before taking any further positions or drawing any conclusions, the family will await the investigation that is currently being carried out by personal injury lawyer Mr John Beer.
The family would like to express, however, that it is very shocked by the news that a heart condition was detected as early as 2014 during a medical examination of Abdelhak by the KNVB. The family only recently learned about this when they read the medical file that Ajax provided to them - after repeated and explicit requests. The family is convinced that Abdelhak himself had no knowledge of this condition. If the family had been aware of the heart condition at an earlier stage, they would have immediately insisted on thorough follow-up examinations, a second opinion and regular follow-up tests, in order to assess the nature and risks of such a condition in combination with his intensive sporting activities.
The NRC Handelsblad article states, quoting a 'person involved', that Abdelhak was informed of the heart condition in 2014. In the light of the information currently available, the family attaches no credence to this and notes that the parents of Abdelhak, who was 17 years old at the time, were never informed, either in writing or orally. In the family’s opinion both the KNVB and Ajax could have been expected to explicitly inform the parents about this and to jointly agree on a follow-up process. The family greatly regrets that this never happened.
The family is also awaiting the results of the investigation and the outcome of the ongoing discussions with Ajax. No further statements will be made in the meantime. The media are requested politely but firmly not to contact the family.
mr. Khalid Kasem
De Vries & Kasem, Lawyers | Investigations