Reaction to the plane crash that killed football players from Brazilian club Chapecoense
We take a moment for the Brazilian Football Club Chapecoense as they grieve the loss of their team and affiliates in this incredibly sad tragedy.
“Brazilian football is in mourning. It is such a tragic loss. My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased. Rest in peace,” Former football superstar Pele said.
Brazilian Clubs have said they will loan players in wake of the tragedy.
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FIVE of Brazilian football’s top clubs have said they will loan Chapecoense players for free after the horrific plane crash that killed all-but three of their squad.
And directors of Coritiba, Corinthians, Palmeiras, Portuguesa, Santos and São Paulo have put forward a motion to the Brazilian FA that Chapecoense will not be relegated from the top flight for three years, The Sun reports
In a video released, the directors of the well-known Brazilian clubs said: “We are sad, we sympathise with this tragedy, but we shall help.
“Working together, we, club presidents of Brazilian football, wait for the club’s return to compete in the highest competition of Brazilian football.
“We are willing to talk to other clubs to develop a project to loan them good level players so they can compete in the 2017 competition.”
The news was reported by globo.com.
It is now hoped the rest of the league will agree to loan the stricken clubs quality-level players.
Of the 81 people who were on board flight LMI2933, 76 are understood to have lost their lives.
Only a handful of people are thought to have survived what is the biggest air disaster this year.
Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel, 27, who posted pictures inside the aircraft just moments before it went down, is one of them.
What was meant to have been an monumental moment in the club’s history turned into disaster at around 03:15 GMT on Tuesday.
They were flying to Medellin to face Colombian outfit Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana — South America’s second-most prestigious cup competition.
It would have marked a meteoric rise for Chapecoense, who were only promoted to Brazil’s top division for the first time in their history in 2014.
The Brazilian First Division team changed its flight at the last minute on its way to a regional final in Colombia.
The club issued a statement shortly after the tragedy, saying: “May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation.”
A club badge was reportedly found at the scene of the crash in Colombia.
Police confirmed the shocking death toll after hours of mixed reports suggested there had been dozens of survivors.
Treacherous weather conditions severely hampered the rescue operation as ambulances struggled to reach the remote crash site.
PELE LEADS GLOBAL TRIBUTES AFTER ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ NEWS
Former football superstar Pele has led tributes to Chapecoense in the wake of the tragedy.
“Brazilian football is in mourning. It is such a tragic loss. My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased. Rest in peace,” he said.
Current Brazil international Neymar, the Barcelona forward, said the news was “impossible to believe”.
A post on his official Instagram account read: “It’s impossible to believe this tragedy, impossible to believe what happened, impossible to believe that the plane crashed, impossible to believe that athletes, human beings were on this plane, impossible to believe that these people left their families ... Today the world cries, but heaven rejoices in receiving Champions.”
Neymar’s Barcelona clubmate and Argentina forward Lionel Messi added on his Facebook page: “My deepest condolences go to all of the families, friends and supporters of the Associacao Chapecoense de Futebol squad.”
The Real Madrid squad held a minute’s silence before their latest training session and their captain Sergio Ramos said: “Our thoughts are with Chapecoense and everyone affected by this tragedy and their families. We are speechless.”
Barcelona also paused for reflection at their training ground and a spokesman said: “All our support and solidarity is with the victims and the families affected by the Chapecoense Real tragedy in Colombia.”
Manchester United — who lost eight players in February 1958 when their plane crashed on take off from Munich airport — also expressed their condolences, saying: “The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United are with Chapecoense and all those affected by the tragedy in Colombia.”
Argentina great Diego Maradona said: “Sadly those lads, who were on the way to becoming a force in football, took the wrong plane.”
The Colombian club Atletico Nacional called on football authorities to hand the Copa Sudamericana title to their opponents as a tribute to the team’s players who lost their lives.
A statement read: “(We request) that the Copa Sudamericana title be handed to Chapecoense as an honorary trophy for its great loss, and as a posthumous homage to the victims of the fatal accident that has put our sport in mourning.”
All football matches in Brazil have been postponed for a week as a mark of respect and President Michel Temer has declared three days of national mourning in the country.
Plinio David de Nes Filho, one of Chapecoense’s presidents who had not travelled to Colombia, told Brazilian TV: “Lifelong friends were on that flight.
“It was not just a group founded on mutual respect; it was a family. We lived in harmony, with great happiness. Before boarding the flight, they said they were going to turn their dreams into reality. The dream ended this morning.”
Professional Brazilian basketballer Lucas Nogueira, who plays for the Toronto Raptors in the NBA, sent an emotional tweet out saying how sad the tragedy was.
— with Chris MacRae, Sky Sports
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