The soccer community was struck by tragedy on Tuesday, as a plane carrying Brazilian team Chapecoense crashed in Rionegro, Colombia, killing 75 people.
Chapecoense was en route to Medellin, Colombia, where the club was expected to play in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional. According to reports, six survived the crash and had been taken to the hospital by local authorities, including four players, a journalist and a flight attendant.
“We are all at the club, we cannot believe it,” said Chapecoense player Alejandro Martinuccio, who did not travel with the team due to injury. “We are waiting on news, I have survived as I was injured. I feel a deep sadness for my teammates. The only thing I can say is to pray for them.”
The club, which is from the small city of Chapeco, was in the midst of a historic campaign. Chapecoense joined Brazil’s top flight in 2014 for its first run since the 1970’s before making a run to the Copa Sudamericana final by toppling Argentinian sides San Lorenzo and Independiente.
CONMEBOL has confirmed that the Copa Sudamericana final and all federation activities have been suspended until further notice. Atletico Nacional, Chapecoense’s opponent in the Copa Sudamerica final, has requested that the title be awarded to the Brazilian club.