El Cla­sico to hold minute’s si­lence for air crash vic­tims

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Satur­day’s blockbuster La Liga clash be­tween Barcelona and Real Madrid will be pre­ceded by a minute’s si­lence for the 71 peo­ple killed in a plane crash that dec­i­mated the Brazil­ian foot­ball team Chapecoense. “Ev­ery day and ev­ery week­end there are hun­dreds of thou­sands of play­ers trav­el­ling in cars, buses, trains and planes... they are al­ways ex­posed to this risk of ac­ci­dents,” said La Liga pres­i­dent Javier Te­bas on Wed­nes­day. “We want to recog­nise, re­mem­ber and of­fer our con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies.” A minute’s si­lence will also be held be­fore all matches in the Copa del Rey across Spain on to­day. Madrid, Barca and Atletico Madrid were among a host of Span­ish clubs to ex­press shock and sad­ness at the plane crash in Colom­bia on Tues­day. For­mer Atletico mid­fielder Cle­ber Santana was one of those killed as the plane went down just be­fore reach­ing its des­ti­na­tion in Medellin, where Chapecoense were to play in a Copa Su­damer­i­cana fi­nal. Three Chapecoense play­ers were among six sur­vivors res­cued from the wreck­age.—AFP

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