Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chapecoense plane crash: Football rallies around Brazilian team

The football world has rallied around a Brazilian club which
lost most of its players in a plane crash in Colombia.

Only six of the 77 people on board the charter plane, carrying
members of the Chapecoense team, survived the crash.

The team were flying to what was billed as the biggest match
in their history - the final of the Copa Sudamericana.

Their opponents, Colombian team Atletico Nacional, have
offered to concede the game to ensure Chapecoense are
declared the champions.

In  a tweet, the club also asked that fans to turn up to their
stadium at the time which the game was scheduled, dressed
in white.

In a joint statement, Brazilian first division football teams
have offered to lend players to Chapecoense free of charge,
and asked the league to protect the club from relegation for
the next three years.

Several leading footballers, from Barcelona stars Lionel Messi
and Neymar, to Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, have
also paid tribute to the players, who had become an unlikely
success story in recent years.

Colombian aviation officials said there were also 21
journalists on board, and that both flight recorders have been

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