Tributes have been pouring in for 20-year-old Abdelhak Nouri who collapsed in a game in Austria a week ago.
Nouri, known as Appie, has been transferred to an Amsterdam hospital for further treatment.
In an emotional display of support for the player, Ajax fans gathered outside his parents’ home in the Geuzenveld district of Amsterdam, applauding, lighting flares and chanting “Appie, Appie”.
He received emergency treatment on the pitch and was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Innsbruck.
“The diagnosis was made that a lot of [his] brain is not functioning. All this probably occurred due to a lack of oxygen supply,” the statement said.
Shock at the news has been reflected in Dutch media.
“It doesn’t get more bitter than this,” commented De Telegraaf, adding that the “friendly, soft-spoken but roguish Appie who once put a smile on everybody’s face has now become the centre of dismay and sadness”.
Nouri made his debut for Ajax last September and played 15 league and cup games, scoring a goal in a cup tie.