Today, a plane carrying a Brazilian football team crashed in Colombia as it was nearing the city of Medellin as reported by the BBC. It was ferrying 81 people (72 passengers and 9 crew) which included members of the Chapecoense football team.
The football team, Chapecoense, was founded in 1973 and was promoted to the top league in Brazil just recently in 2014. They were going to play in a final of the Copa Sudamericana against a Medellin team before the fateful crash.
The news rippled through social media starting with scanty details about the crash. It was later on revealed that 5 people were rescued alive from the wreckage and at least 76 people are reportedly dead.
This is what we know about the plane crash in Colombia.
— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 29, 2016
The unfortunate news made the various stakeholders in the football industry to offer their condolences to the families and friends of the team on Twitter. The messages transcended from teams who play in different leagues around the world, from Spain to England to Italy and also right here in Kenya.
Message by Manchester United
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 29, 2016
London based team, Arsenal also shared their condolences to the team.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 29, 2016
Real Madrid had a minute silence for the passengers in the plane crash
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 29, 2016
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 29, 2016
Message from the Italian team, AC Milan
— AC Milan (@acmilan) November 29, 2016
FC Zenit from Russia also posted their condolences to Chapecoense
FC Zenit wish to offer their deepest condolences to those involved with the @ChapecoenseReal plane crash, our thoughts are with you all.
— FC Zenit in English (@fczenit_en) November 29, 2016
Our very own AFC Leopards also posted their condolences to the team on Twitter.
— AFC Leopards SC (@AFCLeopards) November 29, 2016
Football players too shared their condolences on Twitter and here are some of their tweets.
My pray and solidarity for survivors, family and friends of @ChapecoenseReal in this sad time.
— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) November 29, 2016
— Michael Ballack (@Ballack) November 29, 2016
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) November 29, 2016
— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official) November 29, 2016
Sad news to wake up to today. Thoughts are with @ChapecoenseReal and their family and friends.
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 29, 2016
— Robert Lewandowski (@lewy_official) November 29, 2016
Fans from all over the world also tweeted their condolences to the team. The tweets displayed despondency.
— Mrs Giroud (@TaZRahman7) November 29, 2016
— Syed Muhammad Mohsin (@smmohsinnaseem) November 29, 2016
Absolutely heartbreaking news #ForcaChapecoense
— . (@AnfieldRd96) November 29, 2016
One really sad day in football history 😔💔 #ForcaChapecoense
— Joao ⚽️ (@http_joaovictor) November 29, 2016
I didn't even know this team existed but the news got me feeling a type of way 😔 #ForcaChapecoense
— JustGuruThings (@Dillon_ds) November 29, 2016
There are reports streaming in from publications which say some of the players are among the survivors of the horrendous accident.
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) November 29, 2016
A glimmer of hope to the team as it is being reported that that the South American Football Confederation has been asked to give the Copa Sudamericana title to Chapecoense.
Atlético Nacional have asked CONMEBOL to award the Copa Sudamericana title to Chapecoense. https://t.co/5I23dkcKJc
— Paulo Freitas (@Cynegeticus) November 29, 2016