Amsterdam police have issued an apology after falsely reporting that Jerge Hoefdraad died following a shooting in the Dutch capital.
Hoefdraad, the former Ajax winger, was reportedly shot in the head as he tried to end an altercation at a party.
It was subsequently reported in local media that Hoefdraad, 35, tragically lost his life as police were forced to retract his initial statement and publish an amended one.
The updated statement read: “To our regret, the message was incorrectly reported this afternoon of the death of the 35-year-old victim of the Stekkenbergweg shooting.
“He is in very critical condition in the hospital. We deeply regret it and apologize to his family. “
A suspect has already been identified through several witness statements, although no arrests have yet been made.
The statement continued: “The detectives now have very solid clues as to the identity of the man who is suspected of having fired the shots.
“The police therefore call on him to come and report himself.
“The detective has launched a full investigation and is urgently looking for images and witnesses.
“At the time of the shooting, just before 6 a.m., a party was taking place in the Stekkenbergweg building.
“For this reason, the police are urgently calling witnesses who have not yet been questioned to come forward.”
Hoefdraad started his career with Ajax before playing for RKC Waalwijk, Almere City and SC Cambuur.