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Kevin-Prince Boateng explains Abdelhak Nouri tribute

From ESPN - September 10, 2017

Kevin-Prince Boateng has explained why he unveiled a shirt paying tribute to Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri during Eintracht Frankfurt's victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

20-year-old Nouri was left with serious and permanent brain damage after collapsing during a pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen on July 8.

Despite never meeting Nouri, the tragedy has clearly touched Boateng, with the midfielder lifting his jersey to reveal a shirt with '34 Nouri' - the number the Dutch-Moroccan youngster wore at Ajax - after opening the scoring in the 13th minute at Gladbach.

Important win and happy about my goal!! On to the next #prince17 #staystrongappie pic.twitter.com/VhRqDHCAQp

- Kevin-Prince Boateng (@KPBofficial) September 9, 2017

"My celebration was for the little boy Nouri," Boateng told the Bundesliga's official website, "because we all know what happened to him and I wanted to just show them that we pray for him and we pray for the family."

Nouri, who represented the Netherlands at every youth level up to U-19s, was a Europa League runner-up with Ajax last term after making three appearances in the competition, and also took his first steps in the Eredivisie with the Amsterdam giants, making nine appearances.

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