Off The Pitch: Chapecoense To Wear Special Shirt Against Barcelona Commemorating The Crash Victims

CHAPECOENSE players will wear a special shirt featuring 71 stars in a pre-season friendly against Barcelona.

The stars represent one for each person that died in the South American club’s plane tragedy last November.

Crash survivor Alan Ruschel will appear for Chapecoense in the game.

The Brazilian club were travelling to play in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional when their jet came down near the Colombian city of Medellin.

It was carrying players, club officials and journalists.

Defender Ruschel, 27, was among the six survivors of the crash, in which 71 people died. The Nova Hartz-born left-back required surgery on a serious back injury but has now resumed training.

Chapecoense have rebuilt their squad and have since returned to competitive action in South America but Ruschel’s recovery and availability represent an “important step” for both parties.

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