Ajax youth player Noah Gesser has died at the age of 16 following a car accident on Friday evening, the Dutch club have confirmed.
The striker signed for Ajax in 2018 and had been due to be part of the Under-17s set up for the forthcoming campaign.
The Eredivisie champions will pay tribute to Gesser by holding a minute’s silence in practice matches involving Ajax 1 and Young Ajax on 31 July.
In a statement released on their official website, the football club said: “Ajax has received the terrible news that Noah Gesser has passed away. The 16-year-old youth player died in a car accident with his brother on Friday evening.
“At the practice matches of Ajax 1 and Young Ajax this afternoon, the terrible news will be discussed. A minute of silence is held before the matches start and the Ajax players wear mourning bands. In addition, flags will be flown at half-mast at the Toekomst sports complex.
“Ajax is deeply moved by this tragic event. The club wishes the loved ones all the strength in coping with this immeasurable loss.”