Hearing the news of the plane crash in Colombia was a tragic way to start the day. Where often jokey, and bubbly posts usually do the rounds across the beautiful game, it sadly has to be one of emotion, and pure sadness at the loss of 75 people which included players from top Brazilian side, Chapecoense.
The club released a statement saying…
“May God be with our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation.”
The side from Brazil were travelling to play in South America’s second most important competition, the equivalent to the Europa League. It’s been reported that two of the six survivors are defender, Alan Ruschel, and goalkeeper, Jackson Follman.
The match between Colombian side, Atletico Nacional, and Chapecoense has been called off, but it is alleged that the host side have requested to award the trophy to, Chapecoense. It is a heartbreaking story, where the side reached the tournament just five days ago…
Just five days ago, the Chapecoense players were over the moon at reaching the Copa Final. pic.twitter.com/ArGJA19j7m
— CLICKON Soccer (@CLICKONSoccer) November 29, 2016
Clubs across Brazilian top flight football have asked that Chapecoense are exempt from relegation for the next three seasons. And, teams have also stated that clubs should loan players out to the Brazilian side for no charge for the 2017 season ahead.
Tributes have poured in all across the game, as the sport looks to help South America, and the Brazilian side in particular through this horrible time. Manchester United’s, David de Gea, has been one of the latest to post over social media on the tragedy, regarding how the Spaniard use to share a locker at Atletico Madrid with one of the players who sadly lost their life.
Muy afectado por el accidente aéreo de Medellín. Compartí vestuario con Cleber Santana y es difícil expresar cómo me siento. Un fuerte abrazo a las familias de fallecidos y heridos. Deeply affected by Medellin’s plane crash. I shared locker with Cleber Santana and it’s difficult to reveal how I feel. A huge hug for the families of the deceased and wounded. #chapecoense
The Brazilian side were only promoted to Brazil’s Serie A in 2014, and were becoming a real force in South American football. The football world will mourn this incredibly sad event together, as we send our condolences to all involved in this tragedy.