Foot­ball world mourns af­ter fa­tal crash

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK, (AP): FROM LIONEL Messi to Ney­mar, from Pele to FIFA, the world of sports ex­pressed its sor­row fol­low­ing the crash of the plane car­ry­ing the Brazil­ian foot­ball team Chapecoense on Mon­day. The short-haul char­ter crashed in Medellin on its way to Colom­bia for the Copa Su­damer­i­cana fi­nal. At least 75 of the 81 peo­ple on board died, au­thor­i­ties said. “It’s im­pos­si­ble to be­lieve this tragedy, im­pos­si­ble to be­lieve what hap­pened, im­pos­si­ble to be­lieve that the plane crashed, im­pos­si­ble to be­lieve that ath­letes, hu­man be­ings were on this plane, im­pos­si­ble to be­lieve that these peo­ple left their fam­i­lies . ... To­day the world cries, but heaven re­joices in re­ceiv­ing Cham­pi­ons.” – Barcelona and Brazil star Ney­mar on In­sta­gram.

“My deep­est con­do­lences go to all of the fam­i­lies, friends and sup­port­ers of the As­so­ci­a­cao Chapecoense de Fute­bol squad. #Fuerza­Chape.” — Barcelona and Ar­gentina star Lionel Messi on Face­book.

“Brazil­ian foot­ball is in mourn­ing. It is such a tragic loss. My sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the de­ceased. Rest in peace.” — Brazil­ian leg­end Pele.

“This is a very, very sad day for foot­ball. We are so sorry to hear about the air­plane crash in Colom­bia, it is shock­ing and tragic news. At this dif­fi­cult time our thoughts are with the vic­tims, their fam­i­lies and friends. FIFA would like to ex­tend its most heart­felt con­do­lences.” — FIFA Pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino on FIFA’s web­site.

AP

Fans of Brazil­ian foot­ball team Chapecoense mourn out­side the Arena Conda sta­dium in Chapeco, Brazil, yes­ter­day.

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