Football world mourns victims from Colombia plane crash
The football fans across the world mourn after a plane carrying the Brazil’s Chapecoense football team crashed in Colombia on Tuesday, killing 71 including players, journalists and crew members.
Brazil has declared three days of mourning and the global soccer was stunned with tributes pouring in from football legends Pele and Maradona as well as current superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The plane was slammed into a mountainside near Medellin reportedly due to an electrical fault, as the players en route to face Atletico Nacional for the Copa Sudamericana, South America’s second-biggest club tournament.
The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, which had departed from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was carrying 68 passengers and a crew of nine on board.
There were only six survivors, including three footballers, two crew members and a journalist. Media reports said one footballer who was pulled alive from the plane’s wreckage, but died later in hospital.
Meanwhile, the vice-president of Chapecoense has vowed that the club will continue fight despite almost the entire squad being wiped out in a plane crash.
Talking to Brazil’s Globoesporte website, Club vice president Ivan Tozzo said he was determined to rebuild the club and play in the Brazilian league again next year, Reuters reported.
“We are going to have to restructure the club, sign new players, hold lots of meetings and have lots of patience to keep going in the Brasileiro, a tournament that is very important to us,” Tozzo said.
“We intend on continuing next year,” he added.
Meanwhile, a statement released by several of the country’s top clubs said they would loan players to help Chapecoense get back playing again, the news agency reported.
“It is the minimum gesture of solidarity that is within our reach at this point in time but it is borne of the sincerest desire to reconstruct this institution and that part of Brazilian football that was lost today,” the statement read.