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Chapecoense club receives support following plane crash


12-01-2016 15:43 BJT

The small town of Chapeco remains overcome by mourning after Monday's plane crash that killed most of their local football team, Chapecoense.

The Brazilian Football Confederation has called for seven days of mourning. Three players were among the six survivors of the crash. Defender Alan Ruschel was reported to be in the most serious condition, facing surgery for a spinal fracture. Teammates Helio Zampier and Jakson Follmann also suffered multiple traumatic injuries, and doctors had to amputate Follmann's right leg. Store owners hung black and green ribbons on their windows, while residents wore green Chapecoense jerseys.

In addition to the Copa Sudamerica final, the squad also had one more game scheduled later this year, as part of the Brazilian championship. Acting Chapecoense president Ivan Tozzo says he was told to go ahead with that match by Marco Polo Del Nero, head of the Brazilian Football Confederation, despite not having 11 players to put on field. He said Del Nero advised him to use junior team players if needed, but that game should still happen to honor the deceased players and officials. Tozzo added that the club have been amazed by the support they've received following the tragic plane crash.

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