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Barcelona were the only team to help Chapecoense after crash, says president

02:12 EAT 17/03/2017
The Catalans extended a helping hand to the struggling side after their tragic accident, and the pair will contest the Gamper Trophy in August

Chapecoense's president has revealed that Barcelona were the only team in Europe to give financial aid following the tragic plane crash in November 2016. 

The club's first team was gutted when a charter aircraft carrying them to the Copa Sudamericana final went down just outside Medellin, claiming 75 lives. 

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And while after the accident many teams pledged to help, president Plinio David de Nes affirmed that the Catalans were one of the few sides who followed through. 

"Only Barcelona were on our side from the very first moment," the chief told Fox Sports ahead of Thursday's Copa Libertadores clash at home to Lanus. 

"They offered us funds and in the month of August we have been invited to play the Gamper Trophy, with the proceeds shared with Chapecoense."

Nevertheless, De Nes thanked all those clubs who offered their support "in one way or another" after one of the worst accidents in football history. 

"Roma also offered to play a game against us, but we have a very packed calendar," he explained. 

"We have almost three games a week."