Dutch football fears for Jergé Hoefdraad. The former Ajax Amsterdam professional was shot trying to settle an argument. He is fighting for his life with severe head injuries.
Jergé Hoefdraad fights for his life. The former professional footballer and player for the Dutch record champions Ajax Amsterdam was shot in the head early on Sunday morning.
As the Dutch daily “De Telegraaf” reports with reference to the Amsterdam police, Hoefdraad wanted to settle a dispute between two parties at a party in the south-east of the capital when the ex-footballer was shot. Hoefdraad was taken to a nearby hospital as soon as possible, but his life is still in danger due to his serious injuries. According to the De Telegraaf report, Dutch officials have already identified a suspect. However, there has not yet been an arrest.
Hoefdraad played with Ryan Babel at Ajax, among others
Hoefdraad went through the renowned youth academy of the six-time European cup winner Ajax Amsterdam. From the U17 to the U19 he was a teammate of the former Liverpool and Hoffenheim striker Ryan Babel (34, currently under contract with Galatasaray Istanbul).
Hoefdraad played his career in particular in the second Dutch league, where he played for the current first division clubs RKC Waalwijk and SC Cambuur, among others. He ended his professional career in summer 2019 at Almere City.
In a first version of this article, t-online reported that Hoefdraad died on Monday. As of Monday, August 2, 8:30 p.m., this is wrong: The Amsterdam police had published a false report about the death of the footballer, for which they had to apologize publicly late on Monday afternoon. T-online regrets the mistake.