Mario Balotelli and Nice Team-Mates Wear “Stay Strong Appie” T-Shirts vs Ajax

Mario Balotelli and Nice Team-Mates Wear “Stay Strong Appie” T-Shirts vs Ajax

Nice host Ajax tonight in the first-leg of their Champions League qualifier – with Mario Balotelli and his teammates taking the opportunity to send a heart-warming message to Abdelhak Nouri.

Nouri collapsed during a pre-season friendly earlier this summer, with Ajax since confirming that the 20-year-old suffered “serious and permanent brain damage”.

However, players, fans and coaches from around the world have united in support for the midfielder, with the Nice players the latest to show they are firmly behind Nouri.

Tonight’s game is Ajax’s first official match of the season and Nouri would most likely have been involved in some capacity as the youngster played 15 league and cup games for the Dutch side in 2016-17:

Yesterday it was confirmed that Nouri is no longer in an induced coma and is breathing unaided.

However, the 20-year-old isn’t expected to recover from the brain damage he suffered during the match against Werder Bremen.

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