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Football legend Pele calls mourns death of Chapecoense players

Most players of the Brazilian first division team died in a plane crash on Monday

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Players of Chapecoense celebrate after their match against San Lorenzo at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil, November 23, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo
Players of Chapecoense celebrate after their match against San Lorenzo at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil, November 23, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

Football legend has called on the soccer world to stand united in support of the devastated Brazilian first division team Chapecoense.

Most of the club's squad and staff died when the chartered flight in which they were travelling crashed just before reaching its destination near the Colombian city of Medellin on Monday.

"Right now what needs to happen is for people to give each other support, help to comfort families and those who survived, because they need it," told the Bate-Bola radio program on Thursday, according to Xinhua.

"It's a sad time. Maybe there were mistakes made. We hope the families can have the strength to get over this as quickly as possible."

The tragedy has prompted the football world to rally around the club from Chapeco, a city in southern Brazil.

Many clubs in Brazil and abroad have said they would wear Chapecoense's logo on their shirts in their upcoming matches while world football's governing body said it approved a minute's silence before all fixtures this weekend.

South American football's governing body CONMEBOL is expected to accept a request by Colombia's Atletico Nacional to award Chapecoense the Copa Sudamericana title.

The clubs were to meet in the continental tournament's final over two legs on November 30 and December 7.

Atletico National staged a heart-warming tribute to Chapecoense with a candlelight vigil at their Anastasio Girardot stadium on Wednesday.

Fans packed the 45,000-seat stadium with thousands more congregating in the surrounding streets after being unable to enter the venue.

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Football legend Pele calls mourns death of Chapecoense players

Most players of the Brazilian first division team died in a plane crash on Monday

Most players of the Brazilian first division team died in a plane crash on Monday
Football legend has called on the soccer world to stand united in support of the devastated Brazilian first division team Chapecoense.

Most of the club's squad and staff died when the chartered flight in which they were travelling crashed just before reaching its destination near the Colombian city of Medellin on Monday.

"Right now what needs to happen is for people to give each other support, help to comfort families and those who survived, because they need it," told the Bate-Bola radio program on Thursday, according to Xinhua.

"It's a sad time. Maybe there were mistakes made. We hope the families can have the strength to get over this as quickly as possible."

The tragedy has prompted the football world to rally around the club from Chapeco, a city in southern Brazil.

Many clubs in Brazil and abroad have said they would wear Chapecoense's logo on their shirts in their upcoming matches while world football's governing body said it approved a minute's silence before all fixtures this weekend.

South American football's governing body CONMEBOL is expected to accept a request by Colombia's Atletico Nacional to award Chapecoense the Copa Sudamericana title.

The clubs were to meet in the continental tournament's final over two legs on November 30 and December 7.

Atletico National staged a heart-warming tribute to Chapecoense with a candlelight vigil at their Anastasio Girardot stadium on Wednesday.

Fans packed the 45,000-seat stadium with thousands more congregating in the surrounding streets after being unable to enter the venue.
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Football legend Pele calls mourns death of Chapecoense players

Most players of the Brazilian first division team died in a plane crash on Monday

Football legend has called on the soccer world to stand united in support of the devastated Brazilian first division team Chapecoense.

Most of the club's squad and staff died when the chartered flight in which they were travelling crashed just before reaching its destination near the Colombian city of Medellin on Monday.

"Right now what needs to happen is for people to give each other support, help to comfort families and those who survived, because they need it," told the Bate-Bola radio program on Thursday, according to Xinhua.

"It's a sad time. Maybe there were mistakes made. We hope the families can have the strength to get over this as quickly as possible."

The tragedy has prompted the football world to rally around the club from Chapeco, a city in southern Brazil.

Many clubs in Brazil and abroad have said they would wear Chapecoense's logo on their shirts in their upcoming matches while world football's governing body said it approved a minute's silence before all fixtures this weekend.

South American football's governing body CONMEBOL is expected to accept a request by Colombia's Atletico Nacional to award Chapecoense the Copa Sudamericana title.

The clubs were to meet in the continental tournament's final over two legs on November 30 and December 7.

Atletico National staged a heart-warming tribute to Chapecoense with a candlelight vigil at their Anastasio Girardot stadium on Wednesday.

Fans packed the 45,000-seat stadium with thousands more congregating in the surrounding streets after being unable to enter the venue.

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