VIDEO: Chapecoense hold emotional tribute to fallen starsPublished December 01, 2016
A packed stadium of over 20,000 people, including surviving of the Chapecoense squad that perished in a plane crash on Monday, paid an emotional tribute to victims of the tragedy on Wednesday evening.
Nineteen players and coaching staff from the Brazilian Primeira Liga club perished in the tragedy while en route to a Copa Sudamerica game against Atletico Nactional in Colombia, sparking widespread mourning across the globe.
Tributes have poured in to honour the fallen Chapecoense team, and last night supporters and surviving players joined together at the club’s stadium to remember those who passed away in the disaster.
Singing songs and shining lights as players joined hands for a walk around the pitch, Chape supporters paid a perfect tribute on an immensely difficult night for all concerned.
The Brazilian top-tier side have promised to pay respect on the pitch to the victims, too, with club director Cecilio Hans assuring supporters that they would come back stronger from the disaster.
“In the memory of those who died and to honour their families, we will rebuild this club from scratch so it is even stronger,” he said.
As a sign of respect, Atletico Nacional have asked for Chapecoense to be awarded the Copa Sudamericana, while Brazilian teams are calling for the club to be given a three-year relegation amnesty as they seek to rebuild.