Football observes silence in memory of Chapecoense players

A minute of silence will be held before every football match this weekend in memory of Chapecoense players and staff who perished on Monday in a plane crash incident.

Football world governing body FIFA has also requested that all players wear black armbands in remembrance.

Periods of silence will also be held before next week’s Champions League and Europa League matches. Similar tributes were held before all four of the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Nineteen players and coaching staff were among the 71 who died when the Brazilian’s team plane crashed in Medellin, Colombia. The team had been heading for the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the biggest game in the club’s history.

Three players – defender Alan Luciano Ruschel, reserve goalkeeper Jackson Ragnar Follmann and centre-back Helio Hermito Zampier Neto – were among the six survivors. Ruschel and Neto were said to be in critical but stable conditions, with the former having had spinal surgery. Follmann, who already had one leg amputated, could lose his other foot.

Colombian authorities revealed that evidence is growing that the plane crashed because it ran out of fuel as it tried to land.

Chapecoense were in the Brazilian fourth tier in 2009, but recently grew in influence enough to challenge Copa Sudamericana, South America’s equivalent of the Europa League, often drawing comparisons with last season’s unprecedented Premier League winners Leicester City.

Club director Cecilio Hans said the club would “rebuild from scratch” in memory of those who had died, while three of Brazil’s leading clubs have said they will offer players to Chapecoense.

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