Medellin: Thousands of supporters filled Atletico National’s stadium in Medellin, Colombia on Wednesday to remember the Chapecoense team on the night the sides were scheduled to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final.
Chapecoense’s flight into Medellin went down outside the city on Monday, killing 71 people.
Atletico’s AtanasioGirardot Sports Complex stadium, which holds 45,000, was full with people remembering those who died, while thousands more filled the surrounding streets.
Candles and prayers were held and the Chapecoense crest was laid in one half of the pitch with the Nacional emblem in the other, while 71 doves were released to remember each victim.
Flowers and wreaths were also brought out, along with the flags of Brazil and Colombia.
Footage emerged on social media of fans chanting ‘vamo, vamoChape’ in the stadium to honour those who passed away.
Brazil’s foreign minister,Jose Serra, gave a speech to thank the people of Colombia for their warmth. Tributes to Chapecoense were held across the world on Wednesday. Chaoecoense’s own Arena Conde stadium was opened and its 22,600 capacity was used up as fans gathered in south Brazil to honour the people who died.
A minute silence was held in matches across Europe, while Real Madrid wore shirts which read ‘We are all Chapecoense’ in their Copa del Rey match against Cultural Leonesa.
Chapecoense were heading to Colombia to play Atletico National in the Copa Sudamericana final, a tournament which is South America’s equivalent to the Europa League.