Soccer world mourns, sends condolences to Chapecoense
As the soccer world continues to come to terms with the plane crash in Colombia on Tuesday, which killed 71 including most of the playing squad and officials from Brazilian Serie A side Chapecoense, players, clubs and fans around the world have taken to social media to share their prayers and best wishes for the club.
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Three days of mourning have been declared in Brazil following the tragedy.
The charter plane carrying Chapecoense to the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional crashed on its final approach to Medellin, Colombia, with various reports stating there was bad weather in the mountainous region where the plane came down, plus other reports suggest an electrical fault and low fuel could have been the cause.
Reports are still coming through slowly from the isolated crash site, but seven survivors have been confirmed, one of which died after being rescued.
Another survivor is defender Alan Ruschel, plus other reports claim that goalkeepers Jackson Follmann and Marcos Danilo were rescued but Danilo has since died from his injuries. Another survivor was later pulled from the wreckage and that was defender Heilio Neto.
The club was described as the “Brazilian Leicester City” by its manager, Cadu Junior, with the team from the small southern Brazilian city Chapeco rising from the fourth-tier of Brazilian soccer in 2009 to the top-flight and the Copa Sudamericana final (the South American equivalent of the UEFA Europa League final) was meant to be one of the greatest moments in club history.
From Brazilian superstars to clubs in the Premier League and world soccer’s governing body FIFA, the messages have kept pouring in for everyone connected with Chapecoense.
Here’s a few of the messages below, as the horror of the situation continues to unfold.