A shocking scene unfolded in the final minutes of Waalwijk’s confrontation with Ajax, as goalkeeper Etienne Vaessen collided with Brian Bromby and fell to the grass. Doctors used a defibrillator and the decision was made to postpone the match permanently.
The Eredivisie seventh round match between Waalwijk and Ajax was just minutes away from the 90th minute and AEK’s upcoming Europa League rivals were on the verge of a 3-2 win (it would be the first in a five-match series in all competitions) but in the 84th minute something happened. Unexpected, shocking and at the same time scary.
It was the result of a collision between Ajax’s Brian Brumbay and 28-year-old Waalwijk goalkeeper, Etienne Vaessen, as they jostled for the ball, with Vaessen pinned to the turf unconscious and the medical staff issued a red alert. Give him first aid and use a defibrillator.
The player was then placed on a stretcher to be immediately taken to the hospital, where team members used sheets to hide the footballer and the fans in the stadium were frozen with the entire scene.
The same happened to his shocked teammates, as the Waalwijk captain made it clear that they would not play the remaining minutes and the referee immediately decided to postpone the match forever.
“This is more than just football. We pray that Etienne is okay.”Ajax commented on its Twitter page, as the players of the two teams took to the field together after the shocking scene with Weissen and his transfer to the hospital, amid warm applause from the fans who were still in the stands.
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