Rarely has Volkskrant columnist Willem Vissers sat in such an emotional position in front of television as during the broadcast of De Wereld Draait Door about Abdelhak Nouri last Thursday. A few years ago, Vissers rang the doorbell of Nouri’s father’s house to reconstruct the full story.
Vissers gives several reasons why he became so emotional during the broadcast about Nouri. “Maybe it was also the stiffness of Ajax, which acknowledged liability for the bad treatment on the field, after the talented midfielder collapsed on July 8, 2017 with cardiac arrest and suffered brain damage due to slow resuscitation,” he starts his column. “The amount of the benefit is still under discussion, behind veils of sadness.”
“Perhaps the emotion arose from Frenkie de Jong’s anecdote. Nouri raised his eyebrows when De Jong asked him for advice on the choice of club after Ajax. At ‘Barcelona’, Nouri, who lives on with low consciousness, reacted with confirmation. Yes, Barcelona, beautiful. Nice weather. Nice club. Messi. “
Vissers also indicates that he rang the doorbell of the Nouri family a few years ago. “Maybe it was because of that strong father, whom I just rang the doorbell a few years ago, in my desire to reconstruct the whole story. Nervous as rarely before, because it was an invasion of other people’s grief. But he immediately took away all the nervousness with enormous kindness. He spoke freely and after twenty minutes referred to his eldest son to do further business. He hugged me on departure ‘, Vissers concludes.