Abdelhak Nouri in action for Ajax in 2016 2 Ajax have admitted they provided ‘inadequate’ on-pitch treatment to Abdelhak Nouri after the youngster collapsed during a friendly match last year.Nouri suffered a cardiac arrest in a pre-season match against German club Werder Bremen in July 2017 that resulted in ‘serious and permanent’ brain damage. Ajax general manager Edwin van der Sar 2 Ajax had initially insisted that they gave Nouri, who is now 21, the best possible care in the immediate aftermath of his collapse.But after the Dutchman’s family sued the club, they ordered an independent investigation and that has found that medics were “insufficiently focused on measuring the heartbeat, circulation, and resuscitation”.Ajax general manager Edwin van der Sar said in a statement the club were left “in shock” by the findings and apologised to the family for the time taken to reach their conclusions.He said: “Based on new insights, which we, unfortunately, did not discover until very recently, we have reached new conclusions. These are that the treatment received by Abdelhak Nouri on the field in Austria in July 2017 was inadequate.“We recognize our responsibility and liability for the consequences of this. First of all, I would like to offer the Nouri family our apologies for the fact that it took us so long to change our point of view on this matter.”The findings revealed too much time was spent clearing Nouri’s airways and also suggested a defibrillator should “have been used sooner”.“Had this happened, it’s possible that Abdelhak would have come out in a better condition,” Van der Sar said. “This isn’t certain, but it’s a possibility.” He added: “The first thing that we will be doing is entering discussions again with the Nouri family.“We now need to do what’s necessary in order to fulfil the responsibility we have as a club, but also as human beings, colleagues and friends of Appie. We wish to resolve this in a good way and this is what we are focused on.“The mandate of the arbitration was to determine whether or not we had provided adequate treatment on the field. We did not, and we therefore assume responsibility for this. We have also committed to the family, previously, that if it turned out that we were in the wrong, we would take responsibility for it.“We first need to discuss with the family what arrangement this will lead to. I would like once again, in front of you all, and on behalf of Ajax, to offer our deep apologies to Abdelhak, his family and loved ones.“It must have been very frustrating that for a long time our conclusions were different, on top of the sorrow of what had happened to Abdelhak.”Nouri, born in Amsterdam to parents of Moroccan descent, made 15 appearances for Ajax in the 2016-17 season and was rated as one of their brightest talents.