Atletico Nacional fans are honoring the Chapecoense team that would have been their opponent in the Copa Sudamericana on Wednesday night.
Atletico Nacional fans honored the Chapecoense team that would have been their opponent in the Copa Sudamericana final on Wednesday night.
The majority of Chapecoense players and staffers — 71 people — were killed in a tragic plane crash on Monday night, on their way to play in the highly-anticipated game set for Wednesday. The Colombian club, who have asked the South American Football Federation that their Brazilian opponents be awarded the trophy posthumously, invited fans to their stadium to pay tribute.
In addition, 71 doves were let free as part of the ceremony remembering the 71 who died.
Fox Sports in Brazil is airing 90 minutes of silence as a form of tribute.
Back in Brazil, the Chapecoense players not on that flight partook in a vigil at their stadium with fans.
It was discovered Wednesday via an audio recording of the pilot requesting permission to land that Chapecoense’s charter plane ran out of fuel mid-flight, leading to the crash. The plane slammed into the mountainside outside Medellín, home to Atletico Nacional.