In late 2016, Brazil’s football team Chapecoense suffered a non-forgettable tragedy when close to the entire team heading to Colombia for a first leg match of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional perished in a plane crash in Colombia.
The aircraft was carrying the Chapecoense team and coaches as well as members of the media, but only six of the total 81 people on the plane survived. Three of these survivors were players while the other three were a crew member and two passengers. When the tragedy happened, quite a good number of European football clubs pledged to help the team in whatever means possible as it looked to get back to its feet. But according to the club’s president, Plinio David de Nes, only Barcelona has lived up to its word.
Speaking to Fox Sports, David de Nes has confirmed that Spanish giants Barcelona are the only European team that went ahead and offered financial support to aid in the recovery of Chapecoense other than being there from the first day of the tragedy. As we had reported back in December 2016, Barca had also invited the Brazilian outfit to a friendly match at the Nou Camp this coming August, which will also mark the annual Joan Gamper Trophy. Apparently, the proceedings of this match will also be directed towards Chapecoense’s kitty, but not everything.
Still, de Nes was thankful for all the clubs that threw in their support in whatever form, including Italy’s Roma, which has also invited Chapecoense to a friendly match meant to raise funds, but Nes says that their calendar is already packed, with “almost three games a week” during the summer.
One word for Barcelona – Respect!