The #Soccer world has offered its support to Brazilian club, #Chapecoense, after they were caught in a deadly plane crash in Columbia on Monday. The team were on their way to what was deemed as the biggest match in the club's history, as they were set to compete in the final of the Copa Sudamericana against Colombian team Atletico Nacional, who have now offered to concede the game to ensure the Brazilian club are declared champions. Only six of the 77 people aboard the chartered flight to Colombia, carrying members of the Chapecoense squad, survived the crash, three of which were Chapecoense players.
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The Brazilian club have tweeted out to fans, asking them to arrive at their stadium at the time in which the final was scheduled, dressed in white as a mark of respect. In a joint statement, all of the current Brazilian first division soccer teams have stated that they will loan players to Chapecoense free of charge and have asked that the Brazilian league to protect them from relegation for the next three years. Several soccer superstars have also paid tribute to the Brazilian side with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Wayne Rooney all sending their condolences, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly offered €3 million to help the club and the affected families after the tragedy. La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid both held a minute silence out of respect for those lost prior to their training sessions.
As the plane approached Medellin at approximately 22:15 on Monday the pilot reported an electrical fault, the plane then came down, crashing in a mountainous area. The original number of passengers was first thought to be 81, however, Colombia's disaster management agency later said that four people on the passenger list failed to board the plane. The three members of the squad to survive the crash were defender Alan Ruschel, who suffered spinal injuries, defender Helio Zemper, who suffered injuries to his head and chest and reserve goalkeeper Jakson Follman, who has undisclosed injuries as of yet. First choice goalkeeper Marcos Padilha, who went by the alias Danilo, was pulled out alive from the wreckage but unfortunately died later in the hospital. Brazilian President Michel Terner has announced that three days of national mourning will take place following the crash.
Sad news to wake up to today. Thoughts are with @ChapecoenseReal and their family and friends.— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 29, 2016
Chapecoense players celebrating reaching the Copa Sudamericana final just 5 days ago.— Fútbol Soccer Vines (@vinesdeporte) November 29, 2016
Heartbreaking. 😪💔 pic.twitter.com/HsL9xGv4O7