Friday, 2 December 2016

Players who didn’t board doomed Colombia plane weep during tribute (photos)

This is the heartbreaking moment
footballers broke down in tears as they
gathered with family and fans to
remember teammates perished in a
devastating plane crash in Colombia.
Grieving Chapecoense players huddled
together in front of tens of thousands of
supporters at the team’s stadium in
Chapeco, southern Brazil on the night the
club was supposed to be competing in the
Copa Sudamericana final.

While the stands were a solid wall of green
representing the team colours, the pitch
was empty in a tragic reminder that
players were due to be lining up for the
club’s biggest ever fixture against Atletico
Instead of a shot at glory, the team, many
of the chief staff, and 20 Brazilian
journalists were killed when their charter
plane slammed into a mountainside short
of the airport late on Monday.
Players who had not been on the doomed
flight, youth academy members, relatives
of those killed and throngs upon throngs of
ordinary fans joined together, all in the
team colours.