Joel Veltman – New Brighton signing can pay tribute to Abdelhak Nouri …

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The defender, 28, cost Brighton just £900,000 due to a release clause in his contract, and he penned a three-year deal with Graham Potters’ Seagulls.

Joel Veltman followed Adam Lallana to the Amex as Brighton’s latest summer signing

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Joel Veltman: New Brighton signing pays tribute to Abdelhak Nouri …

About Brighton
Brighton () is a seaside resort in the county of East Sussex. It is a constituent part of the city of Brighton and Hove, created from the formerly separate towns of Brighton and Hove. Brighton is located on the south coast of England, positioned 47 miles (76 km) south of London.Archaeological evidence of settlement in the area dates back to the Bronze Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. The ancient settlement of “Brighthelmstone” was documented in the Domesday Book (1086). The town’s importance grew in the Middle Ages as the Old Town developed, but it languished in the early modern period, affected by foreign attacks, storms, a suffering economy and a declining population. Brighton began to attract more visitors following improved road transport to London and becoming a boarding point for boats travelling to France. The town also developed in popularity as a health resort for sea bathing as a purported cure for illnesses.
In the Georgian era, Brighton developed as a fashionable seaside resort, encouraged by the patronage of the Prince Regent, later King George IV, who spent much time in the town and constructed the Royal Pavilion in the Regency era. Brighton continued to grow as a major centre of tourism following the arrival of the railways in 1841, becoming a popular destination for day-trippers from London. Many of the major attractions were built in the Victorian era, including the Grand Hotel, the Hilton Brighton Metropole, the Palace Pier and the West Pier. The town continued to grow into the 20th century, expanding to incorporate more areas into the town’s boundaries before joining Hove to form the unitary authority of Brighton and Hove in 1997, which was granted city status in 2000. Today, Brighton and Hove district has a resident population of about 290,885 and the wider Brighton and Hove conurbation has a population of 474,485 (2011 census).Brighton’s location has made it a popular destination for tourists, renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas, large cultural, music and arts scene and its large LGBT population, leading to its recognition as the “unofficial gay capital of the UK”. Brighton attracted 7.5 million day visitors in 2015/16 and 4.9 million overnight visitors, Brighton has been called the UK’s “hippest city” and “the happiest place to live in the UK”.

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Joel Veltman followed Adam Lallana to the Amex as Brighton’s latest summer signing

It’s something of a coup for the south coast club, who have signed a player with four Eredivisie titles and a wealth of Champions League and international experience.

Joel Veltman: New Brighton signing pays tribute to Abdelhak Nouri …

The signing was announced on Wednesday evening and Veltman was pictured holding up his new Brighton shirt, bearing the number 34.

But why has Veltman opted for this specific number with his new club?

The answer: it’s a tribute to his former Ajax teammate Abdelhak Nouri, who tragically went into an induced coma after collapsing during a friendly match in 2017.

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Nouri suffered a cardiac arrhythmia in the pre-season clash vs Werder Bremen, being revived on the pitch and airlifted to hospital.

He was left with brain damage and in a vegetative state, but there were positive signs in March as ‘Appie’, as he is known, woke from his coma – two years and nine months after the tragic incident.

Nouri’s brother, Abderrahim, said on Dutch television: “He has not been home very long, we take care of him there now.

“I must say that since he is at home it is going much better than before in the hospital.

“He is aware of where he is, he is back in a familiar environment with his family.

“He’s no longer in a coma. He’s very bedridden and still very dependent on us.”

Appie wore the No.34 with Ajax and even now his shirt and number and shown when the Dutch giants score.

And Veltman has opted to wear the same number with Brighton as his own personal tribute.

“Everyone knows what happened to Appie,” said Veltman. “He was a friend of everyone, we all love him and still do which is why when Ajax celebrates a goal they show the No.34.”