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Newcastle United and Hull City respond to Chapecoense tragedy

4 years ago

The football world and beyond has reacted with horror to news of the Chapecoense tragedy today.

Brazil’s president, Michel Tamer, has declared three days of national mourning after the plane carrying the Chapecoense football team crashed in Colombia, killing 75 people on board.

Reports say only three Chapecoense players who were on the flight survived – Alan Ruschel, Jakson Follman and Zampier Neto, with two crew members, Ximena Suarez and Erwin Tumiri, as well as journalist Rafael Valmorbida the only other survivors according to Colombia’s civil aviation authorities. As well as those from the football club, 21 journalists travelling with the team are said to have also died.

The team was travelling for Chapecoense’s Copa Sudamerica finals match against Atleticao in Colombian City Medellin the plane en route from Bolivia to Medellin.

Football clubs and individuals across the world have been expressing their condolences, including Jonas Gutierrez (see below).

The mayor of Medellín has said the crash was ‘a tragedy of huge proportions’, whilst Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, offered support and sympathy to the families of those who were killed.

Hull City have announced that a minute’s silence will take place before tonight’s League Cup quarter-final, whilst Newcastle United have confirmed that the NUFC players will wear black armbands in recognition of the tragedy.


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