Football community unites behind Chapecoense

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Nelson Almeida
Clubs and players expressed their grief and support for the Brazilian side on social media following the tragic events of Monday night in which 76 passengers died in a plane crash

The football community has rallied around Chapecoense following the tragic events of Monday night.

A plane carrying the Brazilian club to Colombia for their Copa Sudamericana final first leg against Atletico Nacional crashed en route.

The Serie A side were scheduled to play at Medellin's Estadio Atanasio Girardot on Wednesday but the plane, carrying 72 passengers and nine crew, crashed on its way to Medellin from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, leaving only five surivvors.

Authorities reported that the plane declared an emergency at 22.00 local time (03.00GMT) with an electrical failure.

The plane is understood to have come down in Cerro Gordo in the municipality of La Union. 

Figures across the football world have since taken to social media to show their support for Chapecoense.


Pray for @chapecoensereal & their families #PrayForChapecoense #Brazil

A photo posted by Lukas Podolski (@poldi_official) onNov 28, 2016 at 11:14pm PST

CONMEBOL suspended all activities in the wake of the crash.