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FIFA, UEFA, Man United, others concerned as Van der Sar suffers brain haemorrhage

EDWIN van der Sar has been receiving tons of get-well-soon messages following the announcement that he has been hospitalised after a brain haemorrhage.

The legendary former Ajax, Juventus and Manchester United goalkeeper, 52, suffered bleeding in his brain today while on holiday in Croatia.

“On Friday, Edwin van der Sar has had a bleeding around his brain. He’s currently in hospital in the intensive care unit and is in a stable condition,” Ajax, where he is a director, announced tonight on Twitter.

“Once there is more concrete information, an update will follow. Everyone at Ajax wishes Edwin a speedy recovery. We’re thinking of you.”

World football governing body FIFA led the messages, writing: “Wishing you a speedy recovery, Edwin.”

Manchester United, where Van der Sar spent six years and retired at in 2011, wrote: “Sending all our love and strength to you, Edwin.”

European football governing body UEFA also expressed its concern and good wishes, tweeting: “Following his admission to hospital today, the thoughts and best wishes of UEFA and the entire European football community are with Edwin van der Sar and his family. We’re all with you, Edwin.”

The Premier League, Serie A, Ligue 1 as well as rivals clubs to the ones the former Netherlands international played for also wished him a speedy recovery.

“Stay strong, Edwin. Everyone at Arsenal wishes you a speedy recovery,” the Gunners tweeted, with PSV Eindhoven also posting a similar message.

Rio Ferdinand, who won four Premier League titles and the 2008 UEFA Champions League along with Van der Sar at Manchester United, wrote: “Ed is a fighter. Our thoughts are with the Van Der Sar family!”

Van der Sar is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in European football history, making 130 appearances for The Netherlands and winning tons of silverware with Ajax (notably four Dutch titles and the 1995 UEFA Champions League), Juventus and Manchester United.

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